YOUNG actors are hoping swashbuckling performances will raise funds for a children’s hospital.
Stamford Pantomime Players will perform Peter Pan at the Stamford Corn Exchange on Friday and Saturday.
The annual summer youth show follows a successful appearance in the Stamford Festival’s parade of floats, where the players won “Most Entertaining’ and ‘Best Overall”.
The cast has chosen to support Great Ormond Street’s Theatres for Theatres appeal, which aims to raise £4m to fund two theatres at the hospital, and will collect after each show.
Director Phil Norton said: “The children work so hard every year and I wanted to choose a show that would attract a large audience.
“The society did want to produce ‘Peter Pan’ as their Christmas Panto last year but due to complications with the flying aspect were unable to do so. I was confident, however, that we could make the show work and thought it would be perfect as a summer show.”
The show will feature Mia Stevenson, 12, as Peter Pan, and her cousin Millie Sketch, 11, as Tinkerbell. Wendy is played by Charity Stow, ten, Michael by Kizzy Wheeler, nine, and John by Toby Anderson, ten, with Kevin and Liz Paige as Captain Hook/Mr Darling and Mrs Darling.
Phil added: “Mia has impeccable comedy timing and a real stage presence that is sure to wow the crowds this year.
“Kevin Paige as Hook and Luke Eliott as bumbling sidekick Smee are going to have the audience in fits of laughter.”
The show is presented by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
Performance are 7pm on Friday, July 8, and 2pm and 7pm on Saturday, July 9. Tickets are £8 (£6) from 01780 766455 or www.stamford-corn-exchange.co.uk