Treasure Island-on-Stour

SNADS – that’s Sturminster New­ton Amateur Dramatic Society – has chosen Treasure Island for the 2019 pantomime, on stage at The Exchange from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th February.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel is the perfect basis for a tale of swashbuckling skulduggery with a pantomime flavour, full of audience participation, booing, hissing and of course a dame!

Ben Crocker’s version, liberally adapted with local references, ­has brave young Jim Hawkins setting off for the sunny Caribbean to follow the treasure map, joined by Jenny the Squire’s feisty daughter, the duplicitous Long John Silver and his dim-witted pirate cohorts. At SNADS, there is also a merry band of WI ladies, the like of which you have never seen  before.

Directed by Fraser Wilson, with Geoffrey Horton in charge of the music, the cast is led by Ian Greig, here sporting avast behind as Mrs Hawkins, with Kirstie Price as her son Jim (in on-trend gender-blind and traditional pantomime style.) Sophie Revell plays Jenny, with Trevor Puckett as Squire Trelaw­ney and Giles Henschel as arch villain Long John Silver. Caitlin Stanbury plays Billy Bones, Toby Greenfield is Ben Gunn and Ann Baseden makes her farewells to pantomime as Polly the Parrot. That’s just a few of the vast cast on stage.

Performances are nightly at 7.30, with a 2.30 matinee on Saturday. For more details, telephone 01258 475137 or visit the website, https://stur-exchange.co.uk