COME Friday and it will be panto-monium in Grange-over-Sands as a talented cast of 40 budding performers bring a magical story of an adventurous young man and his talking cat to the Victoria Hall.

Dick Whittington and His Cat runs until Sunday (December 8-10) with plenty of panto antics, bangs and flashes.

In the lead role of Dick is Faye Hill while her loyal ‘talking, dancing’ cat Tom is played by Emily-Kate Unsworth. Apparently, they rescue the Sultana of Morocco (Izzie Shires) from a plague of rats but, alas the evil King Rat, played by James Mason, does his theatrical best to outwit them.

The Alderman is played by Toby Wright, his daughter Alice (Caitlin Mason), and her friend Victoria (Martha Rand).

Meanwhile, laying on the laughs will be the comedy team of Dame Dolly Dumpling (Amy Shepherd), son Jack (Reece Carter), Captain Scupper (Amy’s brother Tom Shepherd), assisted (in a fashion) by his Mate, Scupper (Alice Payne).

As for dance, the movers and shakers are choreographed by Katie Gregory and the rogue pack of evil rats, led by Max Burrow as the Prince Rat, scare the pantomime pants off all and sundry. However, no panto would be complete without a sprinkling of fabulous fairy dust: Zoe Tunnadine is in the guise of Cockney Bowbells.

Performances Friday, 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 2.30pm.

Tickets are available from Grange Information Centre on 015395-34026.