Preparations are well underway to stage the Rathdowney pantomime group’s 27th annual production. This year the group will present The things we do for love! from Thursday, March 21st to Sunday, March 24th nightly at 8pm. There will also be a matinee on Sunday, March 24th at 2.30pm.
Panto time in Rathdowney is like no other time of year. You can feel the atmosphere change as an air of anticipation and excitement hangs over the town. Then, for one magical week, the blood sweat and tears of rehearsals are forgotten. Primary school children, secondary school students, farmers, hairdressers, teachers, housewives, factory workers and doctors all hit the stage to transport you the audience to a magical place and away from your worries about the recession, bank loans and all the day-to-day worries.
This year’s show is again an original piece written by the two resident scriptwriters, namely Niall O’Doherty and Michael Creagh. The story is loosely based on some tried and tested fairytales. The audience will be invited to root for our heroine with the unusual hairdo as she suffers the trials and tribulations of being in love with a man who barely notices her and loved by another man whom it takes her a little while to notice.
This year’s leading lady is Kirsten Farrell from Errill who will be the attention of our leading men Shane O’Grady and newcomer to the Rathdowney stage Carl O’Dowd. The twenty-five songs in the show will be played by a ten-piece orchestra and pit singers, ably led by musical director William Cullagh.
Ticket prices have been maintained at last year’s rates - tickets are priced at E10 for adults and E6 for children.
Bookings can be made from Thursday, March 14th at The Card Stand, Rathdowney (0505-46758). Tickets are priced at E10 for adults and E6 for children.