Williamstown Amateur Players present 39th pantomime in October 2019

Wannabee (Joan Barlow) and King Geranium (Margie Richards) happily try out their costumes ahead of the 39th pantomime. Photo: Supplied

Wannabee (Joan Barlow) and King Geranium (Margie Richards) happily try out their costumes ahead of the 39th pantomime. Photo: Supplied

'Away With The Fairies' is the 39th Pantomime for the Williamstown Amateur Players, written and directed by Williamstown resident Sue Holstead.

It is a tale which involves giant bees, unicorns and fairies; yet that's as far as the players are keen to reveal for their forthcoming coming next month.

As usual, the players offer a mixture of storytelling and songs with plenty of belly laughter guaranteed.

"So come and join the fun," Mrs Holstead said.

Performances, open to old and young, fall on Friday, October 11 and 18 at 8pm and Saturday, October 12 and 19 at 2pm and 8pm.

A special 'seniors only' performance will be held on Wednesday, October 16 at 1.30pm.

The pantomime will be held in the Williamstown Soldiers Memorial Hall.

For tickets phone or text Suzanne 0422 353 898, or purchase tickets at the door.

40th celebrations in 2020

The Williamstown Amateur Players are proud of the fact that next year they celebrate their 40th Pantomime.

All members agree the significant milestone is not a bad effort from when it the group first formed in 1981, following a small group of mothers wanting to raise money for Williamstown Primary School to purchase a new refrigerator.

However, it has blossomed into much more than that.

Over the past four decades the players have proudly donated funds to many community based charities and projects including, Kersbrook and Williamstown CFS, Barossa Area Fundraisers for Cancer Inc, Gawler Health Foundation, an animal rescue centre in Hahndorf, plus organisations that have touched players personally, such as the Alzheimers Association, Epilepsy Association and Breast Cancer Research, to name but a few.

Celebrations are already being planned for next year's 40th anniversary.

The president has been busy trawling through the archives and posting old photos on their Facebook page. So if you are a previous member, be sure to check it out as you may be in for a pleasant surprise.

This year two retired members, Marj Hollands and Celcie Gray, who have been performing since 1989, will be sadly missed.

In honour of their dedication, in 2018 both were made Life Members of the Players.

Life Member Margaret Tapp still performs and 'Away With The Fairies', which will be her 33rd pantomime.

Williamstown Soldiers Memorial Hall has also benefited from the players fundraising efforts.

The hall's sound system and new stage lighting were both initiatives achieved by the players, with grants from The Barossa Council.