Royal Wootton Bassett panto fun in new twist on Alice

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Andrew Johnson, Deanna Aspell, Stuart Dark, Sheila Dunn and, front, Margaret Oakley in rehearsal for Alice in Pantoland. Andrew Johnson, Deanna Aspell, Stuart Dark, Sheila Dunn and, front, Margaret Oakley in rehearsal for Alice in Pantoland.

Wootton Bassett Light Operatic Society stages its sparkling new show, Alice in Pantoland, nightly from today.

The show, written by Ellie Smart, is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s well-loved characters and will run until Saturday at the Memorial Hall, when there will be a matinee at 2.30pm.

Ellie, 18, said, “I’ve always loved the Alice story, and I’ve enjoyed writing my version, with a bit of a twist.”

She plans to take up an offer of a university course in screen writing and film production at Worcester after A-levels.

Alice in Pantoland will benefit from the skills of student make-up artists from New College, Swindon. The title role is taken by Deanna Aspell, 13, while Andrew Johnson, 16, plays Ralph, who accompanies Alice on her adventures. Tickets at £8 (concessions £6) are bookable on 07884 432400, tickets@wblos. org.uk and at the Post Office, High Street, Royal Wootton Bassett.

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