Pickering Musical Society ready to go off the wall for Humpty Dumpty pantomime

Lucy Boyland’s evil Baron Bluebeard and Imogen Rose’s principal boy, Tommy Tucker, clash in Pickering Musical Society’s Humpty Dumpty. All pictures: Brian Stockley

REHEARSALS for Pickering Musical Society’s pantomime Humpty Dumpty are in full swing for the January 17 to 26 run at the Kirk Theatre, Pickering.

Written by Ron Hall and directed by Luke Arnold, the show is set in Nursery Rhyme Land, the kingdom of Old King Cole and Queen Ribena, who will be played by society stalwarts Stephen Temple and Marcus Burnside.

When the evil Baron Bluebeard (Lucy Boyland) arrives in the land to attend the birthday of Princess Crystal, strange things begin to happen, culminating in the arrival of eternal winter. 

Princess Crystal (Alice Rose), Tommy Tucker (Imogen Rose), Humpty Dumpty (Maisie Metcalf), Simple Simon (Matthew Russell) and Little Bo-Peep (Charlotte Hurst) in Pickering Musical Society’s Humpty Dumpty

The whole kingdom has to evacuate to Little-Frolicking-On-Sea, the home of Old King Cole’s mother-in-law Mrs Cordial. While they are beside the seaside, Humpty Dumpty, Simple Simon (Matthew Russell) , Little Bo-Peep (Charlotte Hurst) and Tommy Tucker hatch a plan to save Nursery Rhyme Land. 

Pickering Musical Society welcomes back sisters Imogen and Alice Rose once again to play principal boy and girl, Tommy Tucker and Princess Crystal, respectively in a cast of more than 50 that combines familiar Pickering faces with members of Pickering Musical Society Youth Theatre.

Among them will be Jack Dobson and Maisie Metcalf, sharing their first principal role as Humpty Dumpty. Dancers from the Sarah Louise Ashworth School of Dance will be in the company too.

Linda Tester as Mrs Cordial, Stephen Temple as Old King Cole and Marcus Burnside as Queen Ribena in Humpty Dumpty at the Kirk Theatre, Pickering

Director Luke Arnold says: “I can’t quite believe we’re back to panto season so soon. Last year was a huge year for us as we marked our centenary at Pickering Musical Society and 2020 looks to be just as busy.

“Each year I wonder how we can create something more spectacular and magical than the last, but with an army of volunteers both on and off stage it seems 2020 will be more spectacular than ever.” 

Tickets for Humpty Dumpty’s 7.15pm evening shows and 2.15pm Saturday and Sunday matinees are on sale at £13 upwards on 01751 474833 or at kirktheatre.co.uk.

The Pickering Musical Society ensemble for Humpty Dumpty

Did you know?

Pickering Musical Society and the Kirk Theatre are entirely self-funded, everyone involved being a volunteer. “By supporting our pantomime, you are supporting our wonderful community theatre and a venue we are all proud of,” says pantomime director Luke Arnold.