The Fearby and District Pantomime is a highlight of the year in the Mashamshire District, and this year’s production of ‘Sinbad the Sailor’ a pantomime by Alan Frayn is no exception, being the fifteenth since its first production of ‘Cinderella’ in 2005. The producer is Trevor Wilson-Smith, who has taken on the mantle after having appeared in every one of the previous shows. He says he was volunteered into the producer role after retiring from his full-time job last year but insisted on a couple of cameo roles to keep up his unbroken appearance record.
This year’s production also has a ‘special guest star’, non-other than Lady Masham, Felicity Cunliffe-Lister. Felicity, or Flic as she is known, has had a secret desire to appear in the pantomime since she moved to Masham to run Swinton Park and the Estate with her husband, Mark. This year she decided to make that wish come true by taking time out of her busy schedule to attend the 2 rehearsals each week since last September. She is on stage for most of the show and expertly sings a solo as though she has had years of stage experience.
There are plenty of traditional pantomime corny jokes and audience interaction aimed at both at the young and not so young members of the audience, all in the best possible taste! A scattering of local references lets you know it’s a village pantomime, but again this year the Fearby pantomime wouldn’t be out of place in a professional theatre. It has many musical numbers of well-known favourites for the audience to join in with, expertly accompanied by talented local artist and musician Ian Scott Massie as musical director.
Including the actors, crew and ‘front of house’, some 50 locals have put in a huge amount of time, talent and energy to bring this pantomime together. It’s no surprise that tickets are hard to get, with queues forming as soon as they went on sale in Masham Town Hall on 12 January. If you are lucky you might just be able to pick up some remaining tickets or returns at the Mashamshire Community Office in Masham by calling 01765 680200 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.