John Nike Leisuresport Complex is holding its 28th annual pantomime on ice, with this year’s being Cinderella. All the fun begins 9th December with a Charity Performance and continues until 13th December…that’s a grand total of seven shows, including a school’s performance on the Thursday. Cinderella is a classic fairy tale about a girl’s journey to find true love, in which a prince, finds a poor peasant girl and falls in love, but wait…there’s a twist! With an evil stepmother and two ugly step sisters who want nothing more than to see the beautiful Cinderella miserable, how will the two lovers find each other? You will only find out at John Nike Leisuresport Complex!
Each year the chairman, John Nike OBE DL, chooses a charity in which all proceeds from the Wednesday night performance go to. In turn, Mr Nike, donates a sum of his own money to take the total up to £5000. This year’s chosen charity is The Multiple Sclerosis Society, who help fight to improve treatment and care for people with MS, thereby enabling them to once again take control of their lives.
With the Pantomime week fast approaching, preparations are already underway with the first full rehearsal going incredibly well, each participant working extra hard to get their individual parts right. Staff, committee members and volunteers at the ice rink have been working day and night to ensure props, lighting, music and costumes are ready for the rehearsals. With a cast of eighty-six, including adults and children, a lot of work goes into each sector. Everybody was in high spirits for their second full dress rehearsal that took place on Sunday 29th November, in which everybody had to be in bright and early at 07:00am, including all crew, staff, performers and parents. By the end of the rehearsal everybody was confident and positive that this will be the best pantomime yet!
Head Coach, Stacey Bullock, along with the other coaches, put in countless amounts of hours into the pantomime to ensure all of the cast are happy and confident in their parts. But it is not only the coaches who work tirelessly to ensure that the pantomime runs to perfection, Bernadette Howard (Ice Rink Assistant Manager and Pantomime Manager), alongside her team and volunteers, create the props, promotional material, programme and many more essential items/tasks. Bernadette told us, “Work for the pantomime first began back in January and has progressed steadily since. Everyone puts all of their effort into making sure everything is ready and runs smoothly on the day. In the few weeks before panto, the atmosphere is so festive that everyone is already in the Christmas spirit early.”
So if you want to do something extra festive and special this year, then come along to the John Nike Leisuresport Complex performance of Cinderella on Ice. To book tickets call 01344 789 000.