Talented young performers from East Lothian have joined the professional cast for Cinderella – this year’s pantomime at The Brunton in Musselburgh.

Rehearsals for the show are now under way following open auditions which attracted about 100 young people from all over the county.

The successful performers will once again take on dancing and acting roles as the chorus for the traditional panto, which opens on Tuesday, November 26.

The dancers are: Erin McGinley, Law Primary; Isla McEwan, Cockenzie Primary; Fern Edwards and Emily Bain, Preston Tower Primary; Nicole Davidson, Milly Jones and Chloe Mitchell, Preston Lodge; Louis Duncan, Lauren Davidson, Sophie Davidson, Rachel Knox, Neve Minto, Lauren Thomson and Ben Russell, Campie Primary; Niamh Salvona, Stoneyhill Primary; Holly McNeill, Pinkie St Peter’s Primary; Carrie Steedman, Caitlin Quinn and Emily Hamilton, Musselburgh Grammar; Faith Dowie, St Martin’s Primary; Niamh Ritchie, Windygoul Primary; Hayley Ross and Teigan Wojtowycz, Ross High; Imogen Stewart, ESMS Junior School, Edinburgh.

They join a professional cast which sees the return of a few familiar faces including Eilidh Weir, who will appear for the fourth year running, playing the role of Cinderella. Graham Crammond is one of the Ugly Sisters, Ross Donnachie takes on the character Buttons, Wendy Seager plays the Wicked Stepmother and Estrid Barton is the Fairy Godmother. Andrew Dyer as an Ugly Sister and Lewis Lauder, the Prince, make their first appearance in a Brunton panto.

Cinderella is billed as “a fabulous festive feast of fun and laughter with oodles of gags, local references, chart hits, outrageous costumes and shouting out”.

The panto is produced in-house and written by award-winning writer and theatre maker John Binnie, whose script for the 2018 production of Jack and The Beanstalk was well received.

Also welcomed back are the creative team of musical director Tommie Travers, East Lothian Council’s dance artist Rhian Monro as choreographer, and set and costume designer Robin Mitchell, with costume making by BA (Hons) costume design and construction students at Musselburgh’s Queen Margaret University.

The show runs from November 26 until January 4. Tickets are available from The Brunton on 0131 665 2240 or thebrunton.co.uk