Nobody was sleeping in the Dunamaise Arts Centre at the weekend as the Portlaoise Panto group’s 2019 production got underway.
Rehearsals for what is Portlaoise Pantomine’s Group 35th production have been underway for the past couple of months under the guidance of scriptwriter Peter Kennedy, musical director Niall Pulpeter and choreographer Julieanne McNamara.
This year, Sleeping Beauty is the presentation and it got underway on Saturday night.
Among the other characters are Princess Beauty (Aisling Kelly) Prince Nicky (Andrew O’Connor) Nanny Annie Cranny – Dame (Damien Halpin Lee), Sir Philip (PJ Mulhall), Uncle Louie (Christy Bannon), The Wicked Queen Dana of Derry (Vikki Byrne), Penny Dreadful (Ciara Dollard), Dopey Dave (Donal Brennan), Jill (Veronica Lanham) and Egbert (Stephen Keegan).
Sleeping Beauty runs to Saturday, January 26, with matinees on Saturday 26th at 2.30pm (sharp) and nightly at 8pm in the Dunamaise Arts Centre.
Tickets are available from the Dunamaise Box Office visit www.dunamaise.ie or phone 057 8663355.
Our photographer Julie Anne Miller went along on the opening night and snapped the following pictures: