Rehearsing ahead of festive panto

Members of Combined Productions pictured during rehearsals for 'Beauty and the Beast' in Brechin on Sunday afternoon.'Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk
Members of Combined Productions pictured during rehearsals for 'Beauty and the Beast' in Brechin on Sunday afternoon.'Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk

It may only be the start of November but Combined Productions have been rehearsing since August for their 2011 pantomime “Beauty and the Beast” to be performed in the City Hall from November 30 to the December 3.

As always the cast have been working hard under the expert direction of Graeme Baird and dancing their socks off to moves by Karen MacDonald.

This year we are transported to a new village of Le Marymuir, a small French Hamlet lying between Le Marykirk & La Kirriemuir, (twinned with Marymuir where we have visited in earlier years).

We will take a peek at those crazy Frenchies, (with their strange Brechin accents) and visit the lives of Beauty, played by Erin Smith, and her Father Dr Panache, Murdo McDonald.

Beauty spends most of her time avoiding the lecherous advances of the slimy Count Danton, Archie Middleton, who fortunately, is kept at heel by his domineering mother the Countess, Teresa Warden, and held back by his useless servant Fat Franc, Ali Niven.

The good Doctor heads off on a trip “Over the Mountains”, and is imprisoned by the terrifying Beast, Chris Taylor. Fortunately for all of us this high drama is punctured by the entrances of Dame Dora, Brian Mathieson, and the Loopy Louis’s played by Emma Ferguson and Caitlyn Boyd. Dame Dora is the Beast’s “Heid Cook an Bottle Washer”, and the Louis’s are identical twins who bravely share a brain between them!

The plot, if you can spot it, involves rescues, roses, romance, retribution, refreshments and a whole load of other things beginning with “R”, so please watch carefully, and remember to join in, this is Panto so “Oh yes you Can!” Tickets go on sale from Gardiners on November 9 for the 7.30 pm nightly shows and the 2.30 pm Saturday matinee. Hurry to avoid disappointment as they always sell out fast!