Dodgy costumes, make-up as thick as treacle and dubious musical numbers – yes panto season is here.
Staff at Sherwood Court in Wakefield put together their own “Yorkshire-style” version of the popular classic Cinderella to entertain their residents this Christmas time.
With characters such as Droopy Drawers and Flossie, the panto was a laugh a minute featuring songs that everyone knows and loves. The team held one performance last Monday and will have another performance on Friday, much to the entertainment of the residents.
The panto was the brainchild of Sue Littledyke, who works at the extra care scheme on behalf of Wakefield District Council. The whole team got involved in the production including Yorkshire Housing staff, the contract caterers and the Wakefield District Council care team.
The staff made their own costumes and put the entire production together within a matter of weeks. But it was all worth it as the audience laughed, sang and clapped along to the songs. The only criticism from them was that the show wasn’t long enough.
Carol Pritchard, extra care scheme manager for Yorkshire Housing, said:
“Considering we didn’t have much time to practice it went well. This is the first year we are doing it. We tried to do it as cheaply as possible – Yorkshire-style. It’s a laugh for the residents and we enjoyed it too.”
Ugly sisters Sue Littledyke and Julie Nurthen said they were excited to play the infamous sinister siblings. “It was a bit of fun,” said Julie, “It’s for the residents and we know them all so it’s not like we’re doing it in front of strangers. It’s a laugh.”