Christmas may be over but the pantomime season continues. And it's the enchanting fairytale, Sleeping Beauty, that is being brought to life by amateur theatre club, Argosy Players.

The cast have been working day and night on the production, directed by Sally Munday and Tom Mackriell, since October.

Tom explains: "We chose Sleeping Beauty because of its magical appeal - it has sparkly fairies for the girls and the usual silly characters for the boys in the audience - and also because Disney re-released the original animated movie for Christmas.

"Argosy has a long-established custom of producing the best pantomime in the area and audiences, including Brownies, Cubs, Rainbows and Beavers, return year after year to watch the comedy routines, great songs, choreography and jokes."

Sally says: "It's been really exciting working with such a talented cast, who are always on the ball. Rehearsals are so enjoyable as everyone is filled with enthusiasm and we are constantly laughing."

Samir Sherif, who stars as the Prince in his first pantomime, hints that the show has a modern twist.

"I get to sing She's So Lovely by Scouting For Girls with the Princess, which is a great number, and from what I have seen in rehearsal, the show is looking in tip-top condition."

Yvonne Stroud, who plays depraved dark fairy, Maleficent (pictured), adds: "It's not easy being a villain when you have to be as evil as my character. But once the make-up is on and

my green face is on show, the kids and adults alike in the audience will all be booing like crazy, and that's what I love about panto - everyone, however young or old, can join in."

* Sleeping Beauty is at Winston Churchill Hall in Pinn Way, Ruislip. Show times are 7.30pm on Thursday and Friday, January 15 and 16; 12.30pm, 4pm and 7.30pm on Saturday, January 17; noon and 3.30pm on Sunday, January 18. Tickets cost £10.50 for adults and £8.50 for children and senior citizens.

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