Youth club pantomime is still going strong after 46 years

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARVES, STEPHEN HILL YOUTH PANTOMIME
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARVES, STEPHEN HILL YOUTH PANTOMIME
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Stephen Hill
Methodist Church

Back in 1968 members of Stephen Hill Youth Club in Crosspool decided to stage a pantomime.

A small group of young people, including Peter Kay who went on to have a career writing for The Star and the Sheffield Telegraph, met to write Puss in Boots which was staged the following year.

It proved to be a great success and a new show has been performed every February half term ever since. All the shows have been written and produced ‘in house’.

This year the group of 40 or so are aged from eight to 18.

The show was written by Ian Delaney, together with brother and sister Lucy and Paul Nelson. The producer is Helen Gill.

All got involved as members of the chorus and graduated through starring roles to the production team.

Helen has been involved with the show since 1996 and feels that the standard on offer has increased year on year. “We have been lucky enough to hold on to a significant number of young people who return each year to help with all the backstage tasks and we have a smashing team of wardrobe ladies who make the show look dazzling,” she said.

Ian also takes the role of the Dame, coming back to the stage after several years on the production side. The part of Snow White is played by Rachel Lister, who says that she was thrilled to be offered the title role and is enjoying the opportunities which it presents.

The show runs from tonight to Saturday, when there is also a matinee. For tickets, call 0114 230 3207 or go online at www.jumblebee.co.uk/snowwhite-stephenhill