It’s almost pantomime time...oh yes it is!

Rehearsals are being finalised for this year's Ellon panto 'Cinderella'
Rehearsals are being finalised for this year's Ellon panto 'Cinderella'

This year’s EPC Drama Group’s pantomime ‘Cinderella’ will take to the stage for its opening night in Ellon Kirk Centre on Saturday, December 3, at 4pm.

There will follow performancdes on Sunday, December 4 at 2.30pm and 6pm, and on Monday and Tuesday, December 5 and 6, at 7pm.

Tickets, priced at £6 for adults and £4 for children up to primary 7 age, are now on sale at the On The Square, Ellon Parish Church Coffee Shop, Station Road (10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday).

The can also be purchased from members of the cast at rehearsals on Wednesday evenings in Slains Hall at the Kirk Centre; or by calling Shona (for group bookings) on 07866 067736 and Ann on 07851 720203.

This year, Clare McLean (nee Gollan) has taken over the role of director from Denise Goodwin who directed last year’s successful pantomime, Sleeping Beauty.

Clare has written the script, embellishing the traditional story with local quips.

Bebhionn Paterson, a former pupil of Ellon Academy, makes her debut as musical director. She is in her second year studying music at the University of Aberdeen and is excited about participating alongside old hands Karen Ingram (guitar) and Colin Burgess (drums) who make up the pantomime band.

Last year’s Panto Dame David Coutts is joined this year by a new ugly sister, Sean Harrison. Sean has played various male parts over the years but this is his first time as a ‘dame’ and he is eager to try out his new high heels!

Many well-known faces make up the rest of the cast who are sure to give the audience a couple of hours of fun and laughter in the traditional spirit of Christmas panto.