Cabaret set to mark 50 years of pantomimes

RATS Panto Snow White in costume Nicola Smithers (Snow White), Jessica Bond (Rupert), Amelia Gibbs (Fairy Goodness), Tony Woodward (Daisy Chain) and Debbie Draycott (Wicked Queen)
RATS Panto Snow White in costume Nicola Smithers (Snow White), Jessica Bond (Rupert), Amelia Gibbs (Fairy Goodness), Tony Woodward (Daisy Chain) and Debbie Draycott (Wicked Queen)
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Rehearsals are well under way for a landmark performance by a theatre company.

The cast and crew of Rushden Amateur Theatrical Society (RATS) are hard at work on their latest production which celebrates the company’s past 50 pantomimes.

The cabaret show will begin with the number Hey Neighbour from the show Babes in the Wood, which was the first number the society ever performed, and will end with I’ve Got A Feeling from Aladdin, which was the last number in the group’s show earlier this year.

Rats spokesman Tina Curson said: “It’s going to be a great show filled with songs, dance and sketches.

“We’ve got about three pantomime dames lined up to perform and lots of chorus numbers and singles.

“This is a really special show for us because it celebrates the fact we have put on 50 pantomimes since we started.

“Our aim has always been to keep theatre alive in Rushden and without us there would have been times when there were no pantomimes on in the town.”

The show is being put on by a cast of about 20 plus a small backstage crew.

The group includes a handful of past members who have returned to take part in the special occasion.

Mrs Curson said: “A few former members have come back for the show but most of the cast is made up of current members. One of the most touching things is seeing how much hard work our young people are putting in.

“This show is also showing us just how much talent we have. One of our former dancers has come back to us and has choreographed a number – it’s very good and we hadn’t realised before she could do that.”

The show will take place at 7.30pm from July 5 to July 7 at the Pemberton Centre in H E Bates Way, Rushden, and the society is hoping for a good turnout.

Mrs Curson said: “We’d like to thank the people of Rushden for the support they have given us over the years and we hope they will come to see us again.”

Tickets cost £8 for adults and £6 for concessions and are available from Jan’s Floral Boutique in Rushden High Street. They can also be ordered by emailing bookings@rushden-rats.co.uk or writing to 96 Gloucester Crescent, Rushden, NN10 OBN. Alternatively call 07748 620805.

To find out more visit www.rushden-rats.co.uk.