Mostrim Players comedy panto with a twist

Mostrim Line Dancers are among the cast in the upcoming pantomime. Photo: Shelley Corcoran
Mostrim Players, the Edgeworthstown based amateur drama group, will perform the hilarious pantomime ‘Zak and the Dreamstalk’ this weekend, April 10 - 12 at the Park House Hotel.

Mostrim Players, the Edgeworthstown based amateur drama group, will perform the hilarious pantomime ‘Zak and the Dreamstalk’ this weekend, April 10 - 12 at the Park House Hotel.

This adaptation of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ is the creation of the very talented Pauline Flood. And while the storyline is similar to the original it incorporates many extremely funny characters, concluding with a dramatic and unforeseen twist.

Directed by local man Jimmy Connell, ‘Zak and the Dreamstalk’ features the perfect blend of comedy, variety, song and dance.

Jimmy also directed last year’s sell-out show, ‘Snow White and the Five Dwarfs’.

He explained, “This is a very funny panto and I laugh aloud during every rehearsal; Pauline has excelled with this script.”

The cast comprises 16 main actors, five solo singers and in excess of 25 dancers. When the backstage crew are included then the total number of people involved in the production exceeds 60, which is a great testament to the people of Edgeworthstown and surrounding areas.

Many of the cast have previous stage experience but as Mostrim Players continues to expand we will see some performers for the first time including Amanda O’Brien and Chloe McGerr.

Some of the more experienced cast members include Eileen Spillane, Colette Conway, Josephine Lynch, Cathal Kelly, Angela McLoughlin, Mike Duffy, Sorcha Kenny, Betty Mulhare and Diane Spillane while Rachel Lyons and Darragh Kelly continue to develop their unique styles.

The role of ‘Mother’ is a very humorous one and this is expertly performed by Trish Cronogue who will have the audience in stitches. The lead part of ‘Zak’ is played by James Martin and this has been his biggest challenge to date but he uses his relaxed style to bring the character to life.

The pantomime will also appeal to those who enjoy music, song and dance. The talents of harpist, Shannon Browne; vocalists Lynn Fox, Marie Brady, Colm O’Reilly, Bart Nannery and Thomas Doyle and an array of dancers choreographed by Josie Cregan will bring a lovely variety.

The pantomime is very enjoyable and while ‘Zak’ makes his way on his journey into the unknown he encounters many diverse characters that will influence his future in a way that even he could not predict. Look out for Daisy, Ming, The Mammies and a certain Leo.

All will be revealed on Friday, April 10 at 8pm, Saturday, April 11 at 8pm and Sunday, April 12 at 6pm in the Park House Hotel, Edgeworthstown.

Tickets are on sale in local outlets, from Mostrim Players cast and committee members or by contacting 087 2891726. Tickets are priced at €10 for adults and €5 for children, OAPs and students. Family discounts also available.