A SHROPSHIRE village team is to stage its ninth pantomime this month in a unique production that involves all parts of the community.

The Magic Ukulele has been written for the Welshampton Bonfire Committee pantomime team by Ellesmere musician, Trixi Field who will also be the musical director.

It takes place at Welshampton Parish Hall, Welshampton, near Ellesmere on February 22, 23 and 24.

It involves more than 60 people from the small village and draws on the talents of local musicians, artists, performers and creators who have worked together to bring the production to the stage.

The show, directed by Bob Richards, features a cast of 30 colourful characters as well as music, dance, madcap machines and wacky antics.

“We’ve had a huge amount of fun over the winter working on Trixi’s show. We’re particularly pleased to have so many people from the area involved. The age range is from seven-years-old to over 70 so we hope there will be something for everyone,” Mr Richards said.

The script of The Magic Ukulele is a modern twist on the Pied Piper of Hamelin fairytale.

But instead of an evil rat catcher, a blackmailing techy geek is pitched against a melodic heroine and her magic ukulele in a battle to rescue the village children.

There will be four shows – Friday night, Saturday afternoon, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at 7.30pm and 2.30pm.

Tickets are available from Janet Jones on 01948 710 602, at The Sun Inn, Rainbows of Ellesmere or by email at mail@janetjones.co.uk

All the details are available on Welshampton Bonfire Committee website www.welshampton.org.uk and on the ‘Welshampton Bonfire Committee presents’ Facebook page.