AN adult panto will start its run in Paphos at the weekend and aims to raise thousands for two local charities.
On Saturday night, a cast of 20 or so, plus fourteen members of a Paphos singing group, will take to the stage in, ‘Snow White, seven dwarfs and a little goblin’ to raise funds for the Friends Hospice and the Paphos Cancer Patients Support Group CPSG.
This is the third year that the event has been staged by local business, Premier electric (previously the Outlet store), and last year’s efforts raised in excess of €12,000 for the Friends Hospice.
Organiser Louise Robinson told the Cyprus Mail that this year, the business had decided to support two charities as both are close to their hearts.
“These two charities provide help and support to people at critical points in their life or the life of a loved one. We have all had relatives or friends who have been touched by cancer either here in Cyprus, in the UK or elsewhere. These charities are doing a great job and they deserve as much help as they can get.”
Robinson said they are hoping to raise around €8,000 to €10,000 from the four performances of the adult panto this year.
“All of the entertainers, crew and helpers give up their time for free and although it’s a lot of hard work the end result is always worthwhile and a lot of fun. Along with a raffle which featured on local radio- the Madvent raffle- which we did in previous years, we have raised over €58,000 for the Friends Hospice in the last three years.”
This year, a smaller raffle will be held at the events and all of the proceeds will go to the charities.
She said that the panto is suitable for those aged 16 and over and that although work started on the production back in April, the cast have only been rehearsing on and off for the last six weeks or so. As in past years, members of the cast will also include volunteers from the Friends’ Hospice charity shops.
“People are so busy and many are professional performers so it’s hard getting everyone together at the same time.”
The panto has become an annual firm favourite with audiences who also come from Limassol and Pissouri to watch the shows.
This year along with a host of well-known and popular performers and cabaret acts such as Matthew Edmondson- who is also choreographing the panto, Jo Allsop, who is directing it, amateur singing group ‘The Zingers’, who have raised thousands for charities in their own right; the panto will also feature drag act Ms Debonair, performer Ray Cooper and DJ Jason Collins.
Robinson said: “What better way to support these charities and raise funds and awareness than with four nights of fun and laughter?”
‘Snow White, seven dwarfs and a little goblin’ will premiere at 8pm at the Coral Beach Hotel on Saturday 19th November, it will then move onto the Polis Cultural Centre on November 24 and final performances will take place at Tremithousa Theatre on 25 and 26 November.
All shows start at 8pm, doors open at 7pm and there is a bar at all the venues. There will be a raffle held on each night.
Tickets are priced at € 15 and are available at: Premier Electrical stores in Paphos and Limassol, The Friends’ Hospice shop in Polis, Ollies Bar in Tremithousa, Hearnes bookshop and online at www.klickeasy.com where you can pay by PayPal.