It’s Panto time once again!

Rehearsing their songs and getting the lines right before curtains up on December 5.

Rehearsing their songs and getting the lines right before curtains up on December 5.

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IT MUST be Christmas because here’s the Panto!

This year Brechin Combined Productions draw back the curtain and take a peek at the strange goings on in a little town called London (it’s in Englandshire somewhere off the M6).

Getting into character is Sarah the Cook played by Brian Mathieson.

Getting into character is Sarah the Cook played by Brian Mathieson.

The story follows hero Dick Whittington and his mangy moggie Tom on their quest to find fame, fortune and streets paved with gold.

On arrival in London he meets - and instantaneously falls for - Alice the daughter of Alderman Fitzwarren, scrounges a bed and a job (after Tom dispatches a rat in Alderman’s shop), and meets the staff.

There’s Sarah the cook, whose cuisine is so rare it generally has to be held down, and her son, Idle Jack, who is so work shy he can’t even be bothered signing on.

Along with old man of the sea, Captain Cuttle, the gang set sail in the Good Ship Sinking Feeling, off to foreign parts seeking adventure.

Cast members practise ahead of this year's Brechin Combined Productions pantomime - Dick Whittington.

Cast members practise ahead of this year's Brechin Combined Productions pantomime - Dick Whittington.

They are followed closely by King Rat the villain of the piece, where after some maritime frolic’s they hook up with the cookie Sultan of Morocco, in his rat infested kingdom.

The stage is now set for a final confrontation (thanks to George Lucas for the FX) between Dick, Tom and King Rat, with a little assistance from Fairy Bow Bells.

As usual the plot is heavily disguised with puns, soakers, sweets, haunted coves, extreme cross dressing, and sausages that just won’t die - so hold on tight, and remember to shout!

Shows take place from Wednesday, December 5, to Saturday, December 8, at 7.30 p.m. with a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now from Newsplus situated in St David’s Street.