Three top local amateur productions start off the year at Castleford's Phoenix Theatre, with pantomime, a classic story and a well-loved musical set to feature.
First on stage, from Friday 8 January to Saturday 16, are Kippax Amateur Operatic Society with their annual pantomime, which this year is Puss in Boots. Take a talking cat, a flashy dame and a genteel king with a beautiful daughter, throw in a crooked lawyer, a wicked ogre and the Queen of Catland – and what do you get? How about (to quote their publicity, so don't blame us for the following!) a cat-alogue of comic characters who will cat-apult you into a world of cat-chy song and dance and cat-aclysmic cat-astrophes – but where, in true panto tradition, all is well in the end.
A KAOS panto – which they've been doing since 1959 – is always a top night's (or afternoon's) entertainment, with professional quality performances, music, lighting and stage sets. There are shows at 7.15pm on both Fridays plus Tuesday, Wednesday and the second Saturday (16 January), plus matinees at 2.15pm on both Saturdays and the Sunday. Tickets are priced at £12 adults, £10 children and £40 for a family of two adults and two children.
The following weekend, recently-established youth dance and drama group Performers UK present a new dance and drama production of Peter Pan. Show times are 6.30pm on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 January, plus 2.30pm on the Sunday, with tickets priced at £12 adults and £8 children up to 16 years of age.
After that, Pontefract-based Company A Theatre will celebrate their 10th anniversary with one of the best-loved (and longest-titled!) musicals of them all, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It will be performed by their newly-formed youth musical theatre section, featuring a 50-strong cast aged between six and 18 drawn from across the Five Towns area.
The dates for your diary on this one are Thursday 4, Friday 5 and Saturday 6 February, with nightly shows at 7.15pm and a 2.15pm Saturday matinee. Tickets are £12 aduklts, £10 concessions.
Phoenix Theatre is situated within Airedale Academy, on Crewe Road, with free car parking available on site. To book tickets for any of the above shows, call the box office on 01977 664566 or go to www.castlefordphoenixtheatre.co.uk.