3rd Dec, 2016

Willows School prepares to stage 40th pantomime

Stratford Editorial 4th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

IT’S The Willows 40th pantomime this year – oh yes it is!

A team of past and present staff and parents from the school will be treading the boards – and walking the plank – for their unique version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

Featuring pirates and highwaymen, heroic deeds and wicked villainy, the show is full of action, and a plethora of puns to please all ages.

The children’s classic has been adapted by former teacher Pete Butler, who has appeared in every  pantomime to date – writing and producing all but three of them.

He told The Observer: “When we first decided to put on our own panto we had great enthusiasm but very few resources – we had to beg, borrow or construct staging, lighting, and scenery.

“Nowadays, there is a very professional feel to our productions thanks to the input of some great teams over the years.”

So what does Pete think is the secret to four decades of pantomime success?

“The scripts are written with a school audience in mind so children and adults know the storyline and humour will be appropriate,” he said. “They have also come to expect a polished production performed by a talented team of actors.

“Not only do we provide great entertainment but we also have fun ourselves working as a close-knit team and I think the audience enjoy that.”

Performances are set to take place at The Willows School on Saturday February 13 at 2pm and 7pm and again the following Saturday (February 20) at 4pm with all children being invited to dress up in pirate costumes.

Tickets – priced at £6 for adults and £4 for children – are available either on the door or by calling 01789 205811.

All proceeds will go to the school’s PTA.