Cinderella panto in Shiptonthorpe

Cinderella - The ugly sisters and Fairy Godmother

Cinderella - The ugly sisters and Fairy Godmother

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VILLAGERS in Shiptonthorpe are hoping to repeat the sell-out success of last year’s panto when they perform a modern day take on the classic tale Cinderella this week.

Cinderella is the creation of villagers Alan Heaven, Head of Drama at Pocklington School and Diane Heywood, and features actors from Shiptonthorpe and surrounding villages.

Speaking about the idea to stage a second production, Alan said: “We had such good fun and with the inaugural panto last year that we decided that we would put on a new performance for those who were unable to get tickets.

“This year, it’s a new version of the classic Cinderella story of a girl, her ugly sisters, a prince and a slipper, but with added elements of persistent debt collectors, Miss Muffet waiting on tables and a group of villagers who seem to do nothing but drink and dance.”

Cinderella opens in Shiptonthorpe Village Hall on Station Road at 7pm today, 27 January.

There will also be performances tomorrow and Saturday at 7pm.

A matinee performance will take place tomorrow but tickets for that have already sold out.

Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children and are available from Langlands Garden Centre, (01430) 873426, and The Ship Inn, Shiptonthorpe, (01430) 872006.

Tickets are selling fast so call to check availability. Any proceeds will benefit village charities.

Villagers are grateful to York and North Yorkshire Community Foundation Grassroots Grants and East Riding of Yorkshire Council for help with panto funding.