Shavington Raises the Curtain on Popular Panto with Backing from Landmark Crewe Company

Cast members from Shavington village pantomime raised a smile when they visited a long-time supporter of their popular annual production.

Shavington village panto performers are welcomed to Mornflake’s shop on Gresty Road by Charlotte Gribbin from the marketing team

Rehearsals are in full swing for the village’s 44th panto production Jack and the Beanstalk raising money for projects and organisations in Shavington.

More than 40 local people will tread the boards from February 21-25 at Shavington Academy and tickets are already selling well.

Shavington village panto publicity officer Christine Parker and Jack and the Beanstalk cast members drop in on Mornflake on Gresty Road

Shavington mum-of-two, Christine Parker, who handles show publicity, said: “Staging the panto is a real community effort with over 100 people involved, from cast members to everyone who works so hard behind the scenes.

“Generations of villagers have been involved and the panto remains a highlight on the local social calendar. People are wowed by the costumes and our set designs, which are as good as any professional production.”

Shavington village panto performers are welcomed to Mornflake’s shop on Gresty Road by Charlotte Gribbin from the marketing team

Christine, who appeared in her first Shavington panto in 1978, arranged a surprise visit of lead cast members to Mornflake in Crewe which has supported the show programme for many years.

Jack played by local schoolteacher Rachel Hadzik and two amateur thespians, Rachel Anderson and Lesley Smith, playing the ‘cow’ called at the Gresty Road mill in costume.

The iconic breakfast firm is well known for its support of sport in the community, backing children’s football sides as well as Crewe Alexandra Football Club as shirt sponsor for many years.

Mornflake, makers of the country’s best-loved Mighty Oats, also nourishes cultural activities and an interest in the arts.

It has been a sponsor of Nantwich Food Festival, Nantwich Choral Society and Clonter Opera Theatre in Congleton for many years.

Shavington village festival is also supported with a Mornflake hamper each year.

Managing director James Lea said: “South Cheshire is our home where we employ local people so we like to help where we can, especially those organisations and community activities that support mental health by bringing people together.”

For more on the Millers of Mighty Oats since 1675 go to www.mornflake.com

For Shavington panto tickets go to www.svfc.info or call 07788 160128.