When you think of Christmas you think of family, festive fun, Santa Claus and of course the Panto!
It’s been a Christmas tradition in Ireland for years to make an annual trip to a Dublin Panto in The Olympia, Gaiety, Tivoli, Helix and other venues. But this year you can add Longford to your Panto options as Cinderella takes to the stage in St. Mel’s College from December 23rd to January 5th. Starring X Factor’s Mary Byrne as The Fairy Godmother, this promises to be a spectacularly fun Panto for all the family!
Cinderella is produced by Stray Cat Productions, which includes Paul Hennessy and Tracey Carty from Evolution Stage School. Gerry McCann brings his 14 years’ experience as stage manager of The Tivoli (Cheerios) Panto to the table with Pat McElwain directing. The script is written by the very talented Los Angeles based, Leixlip native Karl Harpur. He also writes for The Helix and UCH Limerick Pantos. Tracey will be choreographer with Paul taking on the musical director roll.
St. Mel’s will be transformed with state-of-the-art staging, lighting, and sound. It’s a traditional style Panto based on the Cinderella plot that everyone is familiar with. It’s hilarious and will having you laughing loudly!
Lots of local talent will be on display playing lead roles including: Longford’s Leia Victory as Cinderella, Davy Flaherty as an Ugly Sister, Valerie Nolan as The Evil Stepmother, Iarlaith O’Rourke as Dandini and Conor McLoughlin as Herald. Another local girl, Aishling Farrell, will also play Cinderella for a number of performances.
Other leading roles will be played by the extremely talented Damien Douglas as Buttons, Colin Flynn as an Ugly Sister and Cathal Mongey as The Prince. They will be joined by a 50-strong chorus and dance troupe made up of kids and adults from Evolution Stage School Roscommon, Longford and Carrick-on-Shannon.
The Panto will also have a knock-on effect for the local economy with large numbers of visitors to Longford town and surrounding areas over the Christmas holiday period. This will be great for local restaurants, shops and accommodation.
Longford’s Traditional Panto ‘Cinderella’ is proudly supported by Longford Tourism and The Longford Arms Hotel.
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