Warming up for Dick Whittington at Exmouth’s Blackmore Theatre

PUBLISHED: 18:30 12 January 2016

Exe Dancers warming up for the Exmouth Players' production of Dick Whittington. Photo: Ian Whilden.

Exe Dancers warming up for the Exmouth Players' production of Dick Whittington. Photo: Ian Whilden.

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With the Exmouth Players’ production of Dick Whittington coming up soon [from January 16 at the Blackmore Theatre], the entire cast - including the dancers of Exe Dance Arts – have been busy rehearsing for this wonderful pantomime.

For us, it’s evil King Rat, played by Tony Christopher, that you have to look out for. However, don’t despair, Fairy Tinkle (Sandy Worcester) will keep us all safe – that we are sure.

Directed by Mary Mulcahy and Les Hunt, the pantomime tells the story of a boy, Dick Whittington (Annette Driver), who heads for London town to find his fortune, befriending a cat, Thomas (Marcus Carson), on the way.

When arriving in London, Dick Whittington meets Alice Fitzwarren (Katherine Lister), who persuades her father, Alderman Fitzwarren (Les Hunt), to give Dick a job in his store.

When Master Spike Marlin (Nick Lawrence), a business partner of Fitzwarren, steals some money from the shop, Dick is blamed and dismissed in disgrace.

Determined to prove his innocence, with the help of Sarah the Cook (Mark Blaber), and Idle Jack (Joel Foxon), Dick joins the crew of Marlin’s ship on a voyage to the Barbary Coast.

The evil King Rat causes the ship to sink. Will Dick and his companions survive? Will the all-powerful Sheik Anvac (Brian Toye) be in a forgiving mood? Who will be the hero and save the day? How will everything turn out?

Other parts are Marlene Marlin (Hilary Watkins-Field), the Sheik’s daughter Yasmin (Lizzie Jackson and Sophie Christensen), Mustapha, Captain of the Sheik’s guard (Steven Driver) and Able Seaman Spratt (Samuel Carson).

The cast is supported by Rhiannon Driver, Lee Haddow, Martin and Audrey Moore and Dot Taylor. Sandy Worcester is choreographing the dance moves for the cast.

Jo Sexton is the choreographer for her young dancers of Exe Dance Arts (pictured). Exmouth Players is proud to have Jo’s dancers back again to add more glamour and dancing to this wonderful and traditional family pantomime.

For more about them, visit Exe Dance Arts Facebook page. You can also contact Jo on 01395 279169 or by email: jo@jsexton.wanadoo.co.uk

This pantomime is also supported by a small live group of musicians.

We must not forget those who are also giving up their time to help backstage and also at front of house and all other areas of the theatre. Without them, this production would not be possible.

We are holding a guess the sweets in the jar competition and also running a quiz (kindly prepared by Michael Carson) during the performances.

The winners will be drawn and announced at the end of the final performance.

We are also laying on other things for the children to do during the interval.

Dick Whittington opens with a matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday, January 16, and then runs from Monday, January 18, to Saturday, January 23, at 7.30pm, with an extra matinee performance on Saturday, January 23, at 2.30pm.

Tickets are already on sale from our ticketline: 07905 761485. The ticket office itself will be open at the Blackmore Theatre, from Monday, January 11, 9.30am-1.30pm every day (except Sundays). Tickets are from £7 (adults) and £4 (under 16’s).

If you haven’t booked your tickets yet, then don’t delay.

Trevor and Nicola Brice, Exmouth Players

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