A POPULAR fairy tale is taking centre stage at Oakworth.

The village's latest Methodist pantomime – the 37th – is Cinderella, which features a cast of 32 young people, aged between eight and 17.

Organisers describe the production, being held at the Methodist Church from February 10 to 17, as "a show of pure magic".

A spokesperson says: "Poor Cinderella is being forced to carry out the every wish of Baroness Beaujolais, her cruel stepmother, and her ugly stepsisters Mattie and Hattie, whilst her father Baron Beaujolais looks on helplessly.

"Prince Charming has left to travel around the world and Pantomania is governed by the selfish Duke of Verruca. However, upon learning of his father’s death, the prince returns to take up his duty as king. But there is one problem – the duke is not willing to relinquish his power.

"The duke bullies his henchmen, Nip and Tuck, into bopping the prince over the head and he subsequently loses his memory.

"Naive nephew Archie is then manipulated by the duke into posing as the prince – and causes havoc for anyone who may get in his way. Luckily, faithful Buttons and his friend Kathy are trying everything they can to sort out the confusion, whilst Cinderella’s fairy godmother – ably supported by her two trainees, Goldie and Calista – is working wonders to bring Cinderella together with her true love.

"Goldie keeps the four bears occupied whilst Calista is given five little kittens to help cheer up Cinderella.

"As always, the audience will be treated to some superb song and dance routines by these younger members of the cast, as well as the older townsfolk and soloists – and people will be able to join in some marvellous comedy routines with the ugly sisters and the duke’s henchmen.

"The stunning scenery, special effects, costumes and lively routines will really bring the story to life, helping our young people to give of their best in a show of pure magic! And those special moments include a spectacular transformation scene in the kitchen and, of course, our popular UV scene in Barbie’s Dreamhouse in Cinderella’s old playroom!

"There are eight fun-packed shows to choose from."

There will be 7pm performances on February 10, 12, 13, 14, 16 and 17, and matinees ­– starting at 2pm – on both Saturdays.

To book, go to oakworthmethodists.org/panto2024 or contact Peter Howarth on 07968 618312.