Family affair for cast of town’s pantomime

Wellingborough Cinderella pantomime three generations:'(centre) Ugly Sister Rosita, played by Neil Richardson, with his mum and daughter Judith, and Bayley, 12'09/01/12
Wellingborough Cinderella pantomime three generations:'(centre) Ugly Sister Rosita, played by Neil Richardson, with his mum and daughter Judith, and Bayley, 12'09/01/12

A pantomime society’s next show is set to be a real family affair with three generations of the Richardson family taking on roles in the production.

The society will kick off its January pantomime Cinderella next week. And members busy rehearsing for the show include Judith, Neil and Bayley Richardson.

Judith, 67, is part of the chorus, her 44-year-old son Neil is playing the part of Rosita, one of the Ugly Sisters, and his daughter Bayley, 12, is a member of the chorus.

To complete the set, Neil’s partner Anita Walker is the musical director of the show.

Judith Richardson, of Hatton Park Road, Wellingborough, said: “I’ve been involved in Wellingborough Panto for 10 years, Neil has done three pantos and has also done amateur shows throughout the county, taking leading roles.

“Bayley started about four years ago with Wellingborough Panto in the junior dancers and she is in the junior chorus now.

“We all enjoy it. The group is a cross-section of people, there’s older ladies in the chorus right down to the tiny ones.

“It’s a nice atmosphere and everyone gets on well together, everybody looks forward to Wellingborough panto.”

Mrs Richardson said everyone in the society was looking forward to finally getting on stage to perform after spending months rehearsing for the show.

She said: “We started rehearsing in September. Everyone is looking forward to it now.”

Wellingborough Pantomime Society will perform Cinderella at The Castle theatre in Wellingborough from Tuesday, January 17, to Sunday, January 22.

The show will be performed nightly at 7.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday, January 21, with matinees at 2.30pm on Saturday, January 21, and Sunday, January 22.

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