REHEARSALS are well under way for the Bovey Tracey Players pantomime Aladdin, which will be staged at Bovey Tracey Town Hall from February 20 to 23.
Director Joan Lowe has assembled a strong cast of principals for the forthcoming production.
"The biggest challenge so far is the time scale of six weeks rehearsals," she said.
"Rehearsals these days are much more difficult to arrange than when I started years ago, as people travel more for work now so we have to try to work round it. Hopefully we will have a full cast rehearsal before opening night."
Aladdin is played by Lucy Rhodes and the evil Abanazar by David Scott.
"It is Lucy's first lead role for us and she is very enthusiastic and enjoying herself immensely," said Joan.
"David Scott is an old hand and loves playing the villain and it's his ambition to make children boo in all the right places. Mark Godwin, who is Widow Twankey, is donning a frock and I don't think it will be for the last time," she joked.
The Players pull in audiences year on year as they have a 'loyal audience' and always produce a diverse variety of shows each year.
Joan is looking forward to seeing youngsters take to their seats for Aladdin.
"Pantomime is generally a child's first experience of theatre and parents enjoy taking their children. It sells because of the comedy factor and fairy stories are all in there," added Joan.
"It is a traditional family pantomime with lots of laughs and music."
The Bovey Tracey Players is a thriving group of around 50 members. It aims to produce around three shows a year.
A pantomime is produced every other year alternating with a nativity play in the local parish church.
A wide variety of full length and one act plays have been presented over the years and some of these performances have been successful in the South Devon Drama Festival.
The Players have also performed street theatre, cabarets, and last year a large number of members were also involved in a very successful 1950s Radio Show presented in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
For more details, log on to www.boveytraceyplayers.org