Company in rehearsals for their 38th Annual Family Pantomime

Company in rehearsals for their 38th Annual Family Pantomime

by Henry James (November 2019)

FOLLOWING on from last year’s production of Cinderella, which was a massive success with a number of sell out performances, The Waterloo & Crosby Theatre Company are in rehearsals for their 38th Annual Family Pantomime - Dick Whittington. 

This year’s production will be directed by Chairman, Nicci Henshaw who has been supported by Roy Hartley, Linda Hansen and the stage and scenery team which includes Colin Wilson and Heather Sinclair.

The production will again be choreographed by Sarah Henshaw who, following last year’s pantomime, was nominated for a National Operative and Dramatic Association (NODA) Award for Best Choreography. The music will be by Ann Dickinson (MBE) and her team. 

The Pantomime follows the traditional story of Dick Whittington and his quest to make his fortune in London. It includes the usual well known characters that everyone knows and loves. There will be some lively well known songs and lots of classic slap-stick comedy that will aim to have audiences all laughing, cheering and booing.

The Principal role of Dick Whittington will be played by Sarah Henshaw. Sarah has been with WCTC for seven years, playing a number of roles including Tallulah in Bugsy Malone, Snow White, Witch Hazel in Beauty & the Beast and many more. 

Sarah Henshaw is currently in her final year completing a BA Honours Degree in Musical Theatre at the prestigious Hammond School in Chester.

Dick’s love interest, Alice will be played by the lovely Joanne Dorrity. This will be Joanne’s first show with WCTC and audiences have been guaranteed to “be blown away by her beautiful voice.”

The role of Stupid will be played by David Johnson, who has performed in numerous shows including the Beast in Beauty and the Beast and Simple Simon in Snow White to name a few. 

Dick’s good friend, the Cat, will be played by the amazing Poppie Saunders who starred as the Caterpillar in the summer Youth Production of Alice in Wonderland. Also, in the cast are King Rat who will be played by Steve Little, Mrs Pie played by Jenna Watkinson, The Fairy played by Patricia Howard, Captain Sligh by Jason Sinclair, Cheap by Joseph Ramsay, Nasty by Emily Farrington and Cecil played by Tommy Austin who also won a NODA Award for his role as Dandini in last year’s pantomime.

The cast also includes some “extremely talented dancers” and a number of ensemble members, too many to name. Director and chairman, Nicci Henshaw said: “The cast of more than 25 have been working really hard in rehearsals and this promises to be another amazing pantomime by The Waterloo & Crosby Theatre Company.”

The show is to be performed at Bootle Town Hall, Oriel Road, Bootle on: Friday, December 6 to Sunday, December 8 and Friday, December 13 to Sunday, December 15. 

Performance Times: Fridays at 7:30pm and Saturday and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased via the ticket website at: or via the ticket line phone number on: 0151-318-0833 (ticket phone line open Mon-Fri 4pm to 9:30pm and weekends 10am to 9pm).

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