Letterkenny panto is a real ‘Beauty’

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Letterkenny Pantomime Society has returned in spectacular from to An Grianan this week with Sleeping Beauty .

The show opened last Saturday and continues through this Saturday evening at 8pm, with a matinee performance also on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets for the matinee are priced at a recession friendly €8 each, with a family ticket for two adults and two children priced at only €25. Tickets for the evening performances are €15 each or two for €25. Booking on 074 912 0777 or www.angrianan.com. Tickets for the host nights can be obtained by contacting members of the clubs or schools or at the box office.

Sleeping Beauty tells the story of Princess Anna, who suffers a curse from the evil Caraboose (who has been omitted from the christening party’s guest list). Luckily, Fairy Snowdrop and her fairy cavalry are on hand to lessen the spell and, if the Princess reaches her 18th birthday without pricking her finger on a spindle, the curse is lifted.

Caraboose, however, ensures that this does not happen and the princess dies, but Fairy Snowdrop changes the spell from death to sleep, and so the entire court and the princess are sent to sleep for 100 years to await the kiss of the handsome Prince Harry.

With a fun-packed script, great songs and superb dancing from the highly acclaimed Dynamic Waves group, Sleeping Beauty offers a magical couple of hours of family entertainment at its absolute best.

Aoife Gallagher, who makes her panto debut, plays Princess Anna while Aidan O’Sullivan, who made his debut as William Dee in the panto’s highly acclaimed production of The Field, plays Prince Harry.

The very talented Louise Flanagan is Caraboose – one witch you don’t want to fall out with, as her spells are as potent as her performance, powerful and influential! Mickey Coll plays Spikey, her colourful cat. Dame Nanny Panny is played to perfection by Tommy Sweeney.

Chris Duddy, alias Mr. Primm, is out to ensure that Nanny conducts herself with decorum and although he tries his very best, it’s almost an impossible task.

Paddy Gallagher and Tina Burns take on the roles King Jolly and Queen Merry. This talented duo have devised their very own special brand of royalty for Sleeping Beauty and the result is hilarious.

The Flower fairies – Snowdrop, Primrose and Daffodil – are played by Mary Devlin, Louise McGlynn and Shannon Devlin, while Kelda Guzman’s Dynamic Waves provide the the multi talented chorus and the children. Kevin McGranaghan and Patricia Doherty step up to take on the roles of Zipper and Proper.

Having won many awards in the Letterkenny Music and Drama Group’s production of The 39 Steps, Eoghan MacGiollabhrighde now takes on the role of the narrator for Sleeping Beauty. Eoghan makes this role his own with his flamboyant style. The prince’s right-hand man is played by Colly O’Donnell, and once again, “the wee bookie” defies all the odds with another polished performance.

The show is directed by Patrick Doherty and produced by Paddy O’Connor, with choreography by Kelda Guzman’s Dynamic Waves.

Musical director is Paul Ward, sets and backdrops by Paddy O’Connor assisted by Tommy Kerr, lighting and sound by Martin McDonald and Michael Kielty. Make up by Una McGlynn and France Walsh. Backstage manager is Tom Nelis assisted by Tommy Kerr, Tommy Daly, Tony Murray, and Paddy O’Connor. Front of house, Mary Murray and Vera Owens.

The pantomime society are delighted to welcome Kilmacrennan NS as hosts for the Saturday night performance, Bonagee Utd FC as hosts for the Monday night performance, Glenswilly NNS as hosts for the Tuesday night performance and Letterkenny Gaels as the Thursday night hosts.

We recommend all these worthy causes to your generosity and hope that you will give them you support. The pantomime committee have made donations to Donegal Hospice and continue to support this most worthy of causes.

We look forward to welcoming and entertaining you at Sleeping Beauty, so do come along and remember to participate and enjoy another great pantomime show.




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