17:27 Monday 03 February 2014

Seven dwarfs come to Burton this month

Written bySARAH BOULD

A BURTON pantomime group which formed more than 40 years ago are busy preparing for their next big show.

Burton Amateur Stage Entertainers (BASE) will bring Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the Brewhouse this month, during half term.

Lynda Freeman, director of the show, said: “You can bring your whole family to this show and they’ll come away singing the songs and re-telling the jokes.

“Our dwarfs do a marvellous job of protecting Snow White in her hour of need when the queen turns against her. And when Prince Lorenzo shows up you’re guaranteed a happy ending.”

The cast members are all from Burton and the surrounding areas.

Muddles the Jester is played by Jodie Horton, who is from Burton and works at Unilever.

Many of the dwarfs are from Burton, and the evil queen, Gemma East, works at The Brewery Centre.

BASE have been presenting pantomimes in Burton since 1972 when their first show was Aladdin.

Each year they choose a charity to support during the show week. This year they have chosen Home Start East Staffordshire.

Last year they raised £750 for the Me and Dee charity.

Peter Bourne from the group, said: “BASE have been presenting pantomimes in the town for over 40 years - and have learnt a thing or two in that time. “The show is crammed full of songs, dances and jokes.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be performed at the Brewhouse arts centre in Union Street from Tuesday Saturday February 18, until Saturday February 22. The show starts at 7.30pm with matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm.

For tickets call the box of on 01283 508100 or log onto base-panto.com

BASE is always on the look out for new members, with auditions taking place in September each year.

Mr Bourne added: “Burton will have seven new residents this half-term.

“If you see them be sure to welcome them in the traditional manner with a hearty “Heigh-Ho”.

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