Oh yes it is! Panto season is almost upon us!
Believe it or not it's less than two months until Christmas and that means only one thing - panto!
So get ready to shout "It's behind you" whilst enjoying your local pantomime.
Whilst many of us are struggling to figure out where 2017 disappeared to, the cast of this year's Dick Whittington pantomime in Hounslow have been busy rehearsing to make sure they put on a show-stopping performance for this year's audience.
A few familiar faces are returning to the stage after starring in 2016's Cinderella, but Hounslow Arts Centre is also welcoming two new talents.
Introducing the hero and lead role - Dick Whittington
This year, panto seasoned pro and artistic director of Hounslow Arts Centre, Jonathan Ashby-Rock, is taking the starring role as Dick.
He was previously seen playing the role of Wishee Washee in Cinderella last year and is sure to receive a hero's welcome on stage this time around.
Jonathan will know the role inside and out as he wrote and is directing the Hounslow panto.
The villain - King Rat
Turning to the dark side, Will Seaward is straying away from last year's silly balloon loving Baron Hardup and will be sneaking around as the evil King Rat.
All together now: "Booooooo".
Will is a comic storyteller when not dressed up as a villain rat and has also had great successes at the Edinburgh Fridge Festival with his one man shows.
Sarah The Cook
This pantomime dame will be played by Adam Russell-Owen, who took to the stage as Cinderella's Ugly Stepsister Hilary in last year's show.
Adam has graced the West End stages and has toured the UK in various shows.
He has been a performer since the days of variety theatre, where he was a tap-dancing act called Happy Feet.
Alderman Fitzwarren and voice of King of Morocco
Cinderella's other Ugly Stepsister Theresa, from last year's panto, was played by Sullivan Brown who is returning to Hounslow's stage this year as wealthy London merchant, Alderman Fitzwarren, and the voice of the King of Morrocco.
Sullivan is sure to have the audience in fits of laughter if his comic performance from last year is anything to go by.
New to the Hounslow Arts Centre stage is Gabrielle Sabel, who has recently graduated from Urdang Academy.
She will be taking on the feisty character of Alice Fitzwarren, daughter of Alderman Fitzwarren.
Tammy the Cat
Also new to the Hounslow panto is Rosie Kimble, a recent dance graduate of Chichester University.
She will be playing Tammy the Cat, Dick Wittington's sidekick.
And what is a panto without a chorus? A group of dancers will be joining the cast to ensure this panto is better than ever!
The pantomime runs from December 5 until December 30 and tickets costs £14.50 for adults, £12.50 for concessions, or £40 for a family ticket.
For more information head to the Hounslow Arts Centre website .
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