Leinster Express Times Past January 2003 Panto time again

Huge crowds flocked to the Raheen Pantomime Group’s production of ‘Cinderella’ in the James Fintan Lalor Hall last week, with a full house each night.

Huge crowds flocked to the Raheen Pantomime Group’s production of ‘Cinderella’ in the James Fintan Lalor Hall last week, with a full house each night.

Raheen. Huge crowds flocked to the Raheen Pantomime Group’s production of ‘Cinderella’ in the James Fintan Lalor Hall last week, with a full house each night.

The Group’s 19th show proved a tremendous success with an exemplary cast and lively song and dance routines.

The cast represented a mix of new and veteran members of past pantos. Taking the title role was Emma O’Grady who played the part in an exhuberant fashion and who made it her own.

Grace Kavanagh looked and sounded the part of Dandini, the Prince’s valet. James McGrath, as Buttons, made an impressive debut in a cast role, while John O’Loughlin as the Baron brought tears to many eyes with his rendition of ‘A little bitty tear let me down.’

In a sparkling debut performance, Michelle Duggan played Prince Charming. There was comedy aplenty with five comedians doling out heaps of fun.

Fr. Jimmy Kelly PP, Raheen, was excellent in the role of the dame, and top class performances were also delivered by Pat McSpadden and Olive Guest as the Ugly Sisters, who rocked the house with their songs. Kevin Lalor-Fitzpatrick as Rashers made in impressive entrance. Holly Allen played the old lady in the wood and Maria O’Connor was the fairy godmother. Majordomo was Brian Keegan, with Martin Hodgins as the footman.

Ballylinan Panto are putting the finishing touches to this year’s production, ‘Babes in the Wood.’ Their 13th production boasts many of its original players, with Tom Cooney as ‘The Dame’ and Michael Sourke as ‘The Baron.’

Seamus Cooney plas ‘Archie’ and Addie Wall and Billy Ryan become the scheming comic duo ‘Smash and Grab.’ Others in the cast include Pelin McEvoy, Pamela Cooney, Nicola O’Brien, Trevor Lazenby, Mattie Leonard and Mary Kelly.