ROTORUA Little Theatre performers put on a dress rehearsal for their pantomime Sleeping Beauty on at the Waiotahe Settlers’ Hall next weekend. Photo supplied

The Waiotahe Settlers’ Hall is hosting a pantomime in preparation for their centenary next year.

The Rotorua Little Theatre group will bring a matinee performance of the pantomime Sleeping Beauty to the hall on Saturday, September 14 from 2pm.

A member of the hall committee, Victoria Radley, said the plan was to breath some more life into the hall, and fundraise for next year’s anniversary.

Ms Radley said fellow committee member Meg Gaddum had travelled to Rotorua and seen the performance, giving her the idea to bring the show here.

To build up some extra interest in next week’s pantomime, Ms Gaddum provided her own thoughts on the show – Sleeping Beauty comes to Waiotahe.

“I had the lucky option of watching it last Friday night during their 10-performance season in Rotorua.

It’s all you remember about this classic childhood tale of evil and goodness and much more added for fun for both children and adults.

“Of course, the handsome prince gets the girl and good wins over evil and there are some terrible cliches, but it’s a fairytale – right? But you didn’t know a barrel-full of humour could be attached so seamlessly.

“It’s a non-politically correct hoot with a surprising local flavour.”

The show has a range of experienced actors and school-aged actors showing they too can perform with class.

“There’s a good range of ages and a couple of locals too.

“For director Steve English, this is his second pantomime but he’s also well known as an accomplished actor in the Rotorua scene. I recommend this to young and old for a fun afternoon.

“The Waiotahe Settlers’ Hall won’t have seen such a spectacle for ages.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $2 for children – available at the Opotiki Library or from the Waiotahe Valley School.

james.sandbrook@opotikinews.co.nz