The 48th youth pantomime will take place at The Beacon Stephen Hill church during half term in February 2016.
Performances of The Little Mermaid take place Wednesday 10 to Saturday 13 at 7.30pm each evening and there will be a matinee performance on the Saturday afternoon.
Tickets remain at last years prices: £5 adults and £4 for children of primary school or below. They can be purchased from:
- Bob Hodges on 0114 230 3207
- at the church on Monday mornings from 10am
- from members of the cast
This year’s Stephen Hill Youth pantomime is Snow White. It runs from Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 February. Tickets are available online or from Bob Hodges on 0114 230 3207. More information is below.
It was back in 1968 when members of Stephen Hill Youth Club in Crosspool decided to stage a pantomime. A small group of young people met together over a period of months to write Puss in Boots which was staged the following year. It proved to be a great success and a new show has been performed every February Half term ever since. All the shows have been written and produced in-house.
This year the group of 40 or so 8 to 18yr olds is offering Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The show was written by Ian Delaney together with brother and sister Lucy and Paul Nelson. The producer is Helen Gill. All these young adults commenced their involvement some years ago as members of the chorus and have graduated through starring roles into a fine production team.
Producer Helen  has been involved with the show since 1996 and feels that the standard of the shows on offer has increased year on year. ‘ We have been lucky enough to hold on to a significant number of young people who return each year to help with all the backstage tasks and we have a smashing team of wardrobe ladies who make the show look dazzling,’ she enthuses.
This year the Part of the Dame is played by Ian Delaney, coming back to the stage after several years on the production side. The part of Snow White is played by Rachel Lister who says that she was thrilled to be offered the title role and is enjoying the opportunities which it presents.
Katie Craig is on her fourth year, starting as a chorus member and having had main parts in following years. She is finding her part this year very interesting. ‘Working out how to project my personality onto the part of the magic mirror is quite a challenge’, she reflects.
The show is a spectacle of colour, humour, music, dance and drama with an appeal to people of all ages. Tickets are available online this year for the first time but can be purchased directly from Bob Hodges, who was at that first meeting back in 1968. ‘I have been busy selling tickets since Christmas, ‘ says Bob. ‘Lots of folk bring their children but it is wonderful that some people who are in their nineties are still amongst the first to request tickets each year, having seen every show.’
The show runs in half term week from Wednesday February 18th to Saturday 21st. There is a matinee on Saturday afternoon which always sells out very quickly.
This year’s Stephen Hill Youth pantomime is Beauty and the Beast. It runs from Wednesday 20 February to Saturday 23 February. Tickets, at £4/3 are available from Bob Hodges on 0114 230 3207. More information is in the flyer below.
A big thank you to our youngest reporter, Ashleigh Fletcher, for this review of the Stephen Hill Youth pantomime which took place 15-18 February 2012.
Hansel and Gretel Stephen Hill Youth pantomime review
A packed house at Stephen Hill Methodist Church thoroughly enjoyed the energetic romp through the traditional Hans Christian Anderson story of Hansel and Gretel, with a twist of modern and colourful dialogue.
In the story, Hansel and Gretel, having been taken into the woods by their father, have got lost and come across a gingerbread house, filled with mouth-watering sweets and chocolate. Here, however, they are taken hostage by the wicked witch, who can’t wait to treat herself and gobble up the poor children.
The show was stolen by Lucas de Brouwer, who brought comic timing to the role of Dame Buns. He also got the whole audience participating in a sing-along of ‘Three Currant Buns’ along with actions! He was ably supported by Melissa Sorrell and Olivia Battye, who played Chelsea and Ginger (the children of the Dame). All three of them certainly stood out with their impressive acting skills.
The eponymous heroes themselves, Hansel and Gretel, also made an outstanding performance; Hansel played by Zoe Edwards and Gretel played by Esther Davis. Katie Craig, who played ‘Chip’, cannot go without mentioning either. It was obvious that she had put in a lot of hard work and effort, which really showed through in her performance.
Special mention must be made for the endearing performance of the younger members of the cast. It was also clear that the talented cast were very well rehearsed, as a high quality of performance was maintained throughout the pantomime.
Scenery design by Ian Delaney and Lucy Nelson was colourful, imaginative and a treat for the eye and great credit must be given to Glenda de Brouwer and Catherine Longshaw for excellent costume work, particularly the character of Dame Buns, with his eccentric and colourful wigs!
The choreographer, Isabel MacAskill, was happy to speak to me about her role in the production. She said that they have been working on the choreography twice a week since November! It certainly paid off, judging by the terrific performances.
At the end of the play, the children emerged from the woods unscathed, with the help of their friends, Chip, Barney and PC Norman, and the audience went home having witnessed a fantastic night of entertainment
Thank you to Helen and Ian Delaney for producing and directing the fabulous performance and to Lucy and Paul Nelson, who wrote the unique and exemplary storyline.
This year’s Stephen Hill Youth pantomime is Hansel and Gretel. It runs from Wednesday 15 February to Saturday 18 February. Tickets, at £4 or £3 for under-12s are available from Bob Hodges on 0114 230 3207.
This year’s Stephen Hill Youth pantomime is Sleeping Beauty. It runs from Wednesday 23 February to Saturday 26 February. Tickets, at £4 or £3 for under-12s are available from Bob Hodges on 0114 230 3207.
Full information is in the flyer below, along with some photos from past Stephen Hill Youth pantomimes.