Take a trip to Sturton for Peter Pan panto...

A Touch of Class presents Peter Pan (Never smile at a crocodile) at Sturton-by-Stow Village Hall on Friday 27th January and Saturday 28th G120117-3a
A Touch of Class presents Peter Pan (Never smile at a crocodile) at Sturton-by-Stow Village Hall on Friday 27th January and Saturday 28th G120117-3a

FLY off to Neverland this weekend... or Sturton-by-Stow, for a fun-filled pantomime at the Village Hall.

Panto group A Touch Of Class will perform Peter Pan (Never Smile at a Crocodile) on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th January, and it promises to be an enchanting night for all the family.

Rehearsals have been under way since October and now the finishing touches are coming together.

A Touch Of Class is an all-female amateur dramatics group who have been performing pantomimes for the last 19 years.

And as this photo shows, those years of experience have really paid off - these women know how to put on a show.

Their costumes and set designs are creatively quirky and colourful. Audiences are definitely in for a treat.

“That’s largely thanks to out costume lady Sue Leonard who is just fantastic,” said Riny Harvey, who plays Dame Hetty in Peter Pan.

“She makes many of the costumes herself, and buys some bits and pieces in. But they always look great.”

Sue also makes costumes for professional productions all over the country.

Set design is led by Dawn Howe, but most of the members pitch in and help out when it comes to painting.

“Our youngest member is now 11 and our oldest is in their 70s so we have quite a range of experience,” said Riny.

The group certainly know how to have fun, and writers Joyce Newgh and Sue Leonard ensure a few local characters and references are sprinkled through the script.

“The story is faithful to the traditional Peter Pan tale, but we’ve included a few twists and variations to keep people on their toes,” said Riny.

“There are jokes that both children and adults will enjoy.”

And the appearance of the crocodile character and even a gorilla is sure to have everyone howling.

“We all enjoy putting the shows on. It’s great fun and hopefully that comes over in our performances,” said Riny.

But the end result of each Touch Of Class panto is always to raise as much money as possible for the Village Hall maintenance fund.

In the past they have raised as much as £1,500 towards the fund.

Said Riny: “We have a great village hall here in Sturton, and we do what we can to keep it in good condition for everyone to use.”

Peter Pan is on at 7.30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Saturday matinee.

Tickets priced £5 adults, £4 concessions are available from Riny on 01427 788554 or on the door.

Children under five go free.