Rhiwbina Friends of Tenovus are presenting a second community pantomime to raise funds for the cancer charity following the success of this year’s Out of the Wenallt, this time featuring the West End’s Peter Karrie, writes Alys Jones.
The pantomime will feature a guest appearance by Welsh theatre star Peter Karrie, famous for his lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, as well as Les Misérables and Annie. Karrie will be adding Out of The Wenallt to this list as he will play an unmissable guest role as The Phantom of The Wenallt.
Local famous faces will feature in this community event, such as Councillor Jayne Cowan as the Wicked Witch of Cardiff North and Martin Edwards of O’Brien, Lewis and James Solicitors. Amanda Anderson of Rhiwbina Tree Control and Deri Stores’ Mary Davies are also part of the cast which will perform this unmissable pantomime in Rhiwbina.
The story focuses on Rhiwbina’s community spirit being united through the fairy tale characters of Wenallt Woods who have formed a choir to make others happy. However, their plans are thwarted when Magnificent Maleficent, played by Ashley Putland formerly of Cocos Rhiwbina, tries to steal what is precious to them.
The previous pantomime played to a sold-out crowd, raising much-needed funds for charity. Anthea Parker, writer and director of the pantomime, said: “This was a fantastic initiative last year raising over £3000 for Tenovus Cancer Care, which helps those affected by cancer in so many ways from research to counselling and their choirs which raise the spirits of those people who have encountered the effects of this destructive disease.”
With the aid of over 20 members of Cardiff North Tenovus Choir, who rehearse weekly at All Saints Church Rhiwbina, this latest pantomime hopes to bring a fun community event to the people of Rhiwbina.
The previous pantomime was supported by sponsorships and aid from the local community and businesses, making this a vital community event. Anthea Parker continued: “We are so pleased to present our second panto for the people of Rhiwbina and urge people to book early as we sold out last year.”
Performances will take place on 1st and 2nd March next year. To celebrate St. David’s Day, there will be leek and potato soup before the performance, along with drinks available by donation. An open dress rehearsal will also take place on Sunday 24th February 2019. Tickets will cost £15 and will be available from January 1st at Rhiwbina Tenovus Shop or by calling Anthea Parker on 07789 448277.