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Watch this space for more updates and stories.

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Saturday 18th February: It's happened. Hope you didn't miss it!

Thank you speechSaturday night saw the last performance of this year's highly successful Pilton Panto. A capacity audience was wowed by a great evening of entertainment which brought the 2017 Pilton Panto run to a close. At the end, director Lee Smith thanked the cast of 21 and, incredibly, the 47 other people who had contributed to its success. It really was a great community effort.

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Wednesday 15th February: Invited Audience

Manning's Pit BannerThe invited audience was treated to the opening night of the Panto and enjoyed themselves very much. Among the moments to remember was the 'Save Manning's Pit' banner which seemed to have appeared on the stage. It was very appropriate though on the day that the planning application for its development with 41 houses was discovered to have been submitted.

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Sunday 5th February: 10 days to go

Rehearsals going wellThings are going well - fingers crossed - and we are closing in on the opening night. No time to relax just yet, though. The cast is busy rehearsing while the production team and stage crew are finalising all the advertising, seating, raffle, ticket sales, lighting, sound, music, pyrotechnics, props, scenery and, extremely importantly, costume details - to list just a few. With all the details there are to putting on a pantomime for four days, you can understand the complexities of running a regional theatre with shows all year round.

We hope to be on The Voice FM on Monday 13th February around 9.30am with Paul Hopper so please tune in and listen!

Unfortunately - for those who haven't got tickets - the matinée on Saturday afternoon is all but sold out but there are still tickets available for the evening performances.

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Sunday 1st January: The final stages

Cast Group

At a photoshoot in Pilton Church Hall on Sunday 18th December we got together some of the cast in costume to create images for the poster, the banner and the programme. Watch out for the banner appearing outside the Church Hall very soon. Rehearsals re-start on Thursday 5th January and then we are into the final six weeks before the opening night before a specially invited audience on Wednesday 15th February. Happy New Year to everyone!

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Sunday 23rd October: The Panto is Cast

The Panto is Cast

Serious rehearsals began on Sunday night 23rd October at The Reform Inn with the casting of the panto. It isn't quite 'a cast of thousands', as they wouldn't fit in Pilton Church Hall, but rather a cast of twenty-two. Visit the Panto Cast page of this website to see who is playing whom or what! Apart from Dick Whittington and his cat, the cast includes rats, sheep, roosters, a gorilla, a duck and a mouse as well as the usual people, of course.

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Sunday 9th October: Reading begins!

Rehearsals underway

Rehearsals for the panto got underway successfully on Sunday evening when twenty-five people turned up at Skittle Alley of The Reform Inn for the first read through of 'Dick Whittington'. 'Old' faces from previous pantos were joined by a lot of 'new' faces hoping to get involved this year.

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