Don’t be a plank…visit Pan-To-Mania !'Almost 300 people will cram into Douglas Primary School this week to see eight pirates walk the plank! The packed audience is sure to be completely hooked by Douglasdale Players pantomime 'Pan-To-Mania'!
Douglasdale Players chairperson Derek Hair (60), has appeared in every single one of the group's 28 previous productions. And he's looking forward to playing both Inspector Darling and a pirate in the show, which started on Wednesday and runs until Saturday, at 7.30pm.
"It's always exciting preparing for a show, Derek, of Weavers Yard, Douglas, said. "I still enjoy it as much as ever. "You never know what is going to happen during performances. You just hope that everything is covered.
"Pan-To-Mania is a play on Peter Pan or Hook, with a little Douglas twist to it.
"It has romance, violence, dancing and music and is great entertainment for people of all ages."
Based loosely "on the Peter Pan story, Pan-To-Mania starts off in the nursery of the Darling family. They are whisked off to Neverland by Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.
The story then concentrates on an Indian tribe, whose daughter Tiger Lily is kidnapped by a group of pirates led by Captain Hook.
The Lost Boys - played by a group of primary school kids - then meet the Darling children in Neverland. Meanwhile, Tiger Lily is rescued by Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.
It's then that Peter Pan beats Captain Hook in a duel before forcing him to walk the plank, along with seven other pirates.
A total of 44 Douglasdale Players members are on stage during the show, which includes dancing by a group of Lanark Grammar girls. Age of the cast ranges from five to 70 years old.
There are an equal number of people back stage, including a band and make-up artists.
Sunday rehearsals for the show have been running since October, with the final dress rehearsals staged on Sunday March 9. Tickets for the show, priced £3 for Wednesday and Thursday and £4 for Friday and Saturday, can be obtained from Anne Nolan on 01555 851684.
Words: CRAIG GOLDTHORP
Pictures: LINDSAY ADDISON
Carluke & Lanark Gazette 13/3/08