Panto Rehearsals Promise a Fun Evening

Panto Rehearsals Promise a Fun Evening

If you thought the Pantomime season was behind you then I have to tell you

“Oh no it isn’t”.  St John’s and St Luke’s Together are putting on a

production of “Cinderella” that will have you leaving Church with a smile on

your face and a warm glow in your heart.


Under the always good-natured direction of Ian Thomson-Smith the amateurs of

Bilton are developing and discovering an ability to entertain.  “You can’t

bully people” says Ian. But watching him in action it is clear that he has

set high standards and has the ability to cajole his cast into delivering

strong performances.  Everyone at the rehearsals is clearly enjoying

themselves but they are also determined to put on a good show.


Ian is ably supported by his producer Ruth Yarborough and his musical

director Pam Else.  They are both constantly guiding the cast towards better

performance.  This will not be a self-indulgent production.  The audience

is going to get a quality performance.


The performance will take place inside the Church (and not the Church Hall

as you might assume).  Newcomers to St John’s Church will find that it is a

splendid and majestic setting for a theatrical performance and that Ian has

made full and imaginative use of his performance space.


But is it right to put a pantomime on in a church?  Doesn’t it all seem a

little frivolous, even a little sacrilegious?  Not at all says the Rector,

Rev Simon Dowson.  “It’s going to be a great performance.  Everyone is welcome,

whether they usually come to church or not.”  And Ruth Yarborough adds “This

production is serving our parish.”


The people who come to see “Cinderella” will get a satisfying helping of

good old-fashioned entertainment that is totally free of malice or crudity.

It will make you laugh and it will be the perfect pick-me-up for a dull

Winter’s night.


There will be two performances, the first on Thursday 4th February and the

second on Friday 5th February.  Both performances start at 7pm and are at St

John’s Church, Bilton Lane.  Tickets cost Adult £7 and Child £4 and can be obtained from either the church office, open Mon-Fri 9.30am to 12.30pm or by phoning the show’s Producer, Ruth, on 07825 700650.