Star Rosemary hands over panto reins to her daughter

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AFTER starring in an impressive performance of ‘Hello Dolly’, which played to packed audiences, Bulwell-based actress Rosemary Lishman will be hoping for another giant-sized success next week.

For the Kimberley-based theatre-group, NOWMADS (Nottingham West Music And Dramatic Society), of which Rosemary is a key member, stage the pantomime, ‘Jack And The Beanstalk’.

Rosemary, who is secretary at Hempshill Hall Primary School in Bulwell, took on the principal role of Dolly Levi in the last show.

This time, she takes on the responsibility for producing and choreographing ‘Jack And The Beanstalk’ and hands over the acting mantle to her eldest daughter, Amy.

Amy, who shone in the part of Minnie Faye in ‘Dolly’, plays Jack, while another hoping to make her mark in her first leading role is teacher Kelly Wakefield, who lives in Hempshill Vale.

Kelly is cast as Marissa (baron’s daughter), while fellow Bulwell resident Haydn Taylor will play it for laughs as Baron Bustagut.

Long-serving NOWMADS stars Gillian Williams and her brother, Steve Clarke, team up to play the contrasting parts of Fairy Liquid and Dame Trot. And another popular performer, Graham Lambert, is cast as the panto baddie, Fleshcreep, the giant’s henchman.

Martin Belcher, Adrian Ravenscroft, Tom Bailey and Emma Heydon lend their acting talents to proceedings, while Jane Clark and her daughter, Imogen, play Daisy The Cow.

‘Jack And The Beanstalk’ is being performed at the Kimberley School Theatre from next Tuesday (February 22) to next Friday (February 25) at 7.15 each night. There will also be a performance a week tomorrow (Saturday February 26) at 5.30 pm. For tickets, ring 0115 9770995 or 0115 9276189.

OUR PHOTO shows Rosemary (seated, front left) with the NOWMADS panto team (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan).