A RUTHIN couple had a unique pantomime rehearsal for their upcoming wedding - oh yes they did!
Two of the stars of this year’s Ruthin Panto, Becky MacGillivray and Carwyn Hughes, will be getting married later this year.
Becky who played Princess Beauty and Carwyn who played Gethin the Gardener were married in the plot of the specially-written pantomime.
Becky said: “I was involved in the panto last year as part of the chorus.
“We were working at the Spooktacular at Halloween and volunteered to be involved
again and dragged Carwyn into doing it as well as he does the drama at Capel Bethania so we were very busy between rehearsals and trying to plan a wedding. I had an absolute ball working with everybody involved in the panto.”
The Ruthin Panto Society performed the pantomime of Sleeping Beauty in front of four sell out audiences at Theatr John Ambrose in Ruthin.
The show was written and directed by Polly Snape for the second year and featured some very glitzy and glamourous costumes made by Beci at Elysium in Ruthin.
Chairman of the society, John Wynne Hughes, said: “It has been a tremendous honour to work with all of the cast and crew to put on this performance. The feedback from the audience as they left the theatre was amazing.”
He went on to recognise everyone that has supported the Ruthin Panto Society to make this performance possible.
“This show took a lot of time, effort and commitment to put on. Throughout the year we held fundraising activities including a CSI murder mystery and a Summer ball which enabled us to subsidise the price of tickets and keep the entertainment affordable to families.
“We would like to thank everyone who attended those fund raising events and hope to see you again this year for more fun and games.”
At each performance the audience were asked to donate to the mayor’s chosen charities if they thought that the show tickets were worth more than their face value. As a result the three charities, Ruthin First Response Unit, Afasic Cymru and The Phoebe Bruce Trust, will be sharing over £200.
Ruthin mayor, Rosie Hughes-Moseley, who provided Stage Management for the event, said: “It has been great fun working with the Ruthin Panto Society again. I am very grateful, on behalf of my chosen charities, to be able to provide much needed funds to them.
“I would like to thank everyone who made donations at the performances. Once again the people of Ruthin show their generosity and what makes this such a wonderful town to have the pleasure of representing.”
The pantomime this year not only followed the story of Sleeping Beauty from birth to her wedding to Gethin, the Gardener, but also featured cameo appearances by Batman, Robin, Buzz Lightyear, Superman and Wonder Woman.
But the fairy-tale did not stop when the curtain fell after the last show.
DVDs and a gallery of photos are both available at www.ruthinpanto.co.uk.