TWO and four-legged stars will be gracing the stage as fairytales come to Farnworth.

Stagedoor Theatre Productions is relatively new to Bolton’s amateur dramatic scene — at just four years old.

However, every year it goes all out for a big Christmas show.

This year it has thrown everything but the kitchen sink into the show-stopping musical production of Cinderella.

Not for them a traditional pantomime horse, instead the production will boast a real, live pony.

Director and producer Christopher Anderton said: “We are an amateur society but we like to put on a big show. We have even got a real pony making her debut on stage

“There will be magic, illusions, lots of singing and gags, it’s a big production.

“We write our own script but it’s a traditional pantomime with a mix of modern gags and music.”

Stagedoor members staged their first pantomime, Aladdin, back in 2013 and decided to form the company following its success.

As well as producing an annual pantomime, the company — based in Great Lever — puts on smaller reviews and musicals throughout the year with both children and adults taking part.

The production raises funds for the Stagedoor charity which organises days out for local children and their families who have endured some form of trauma or illness.

Following on from Cinderella, the company have plans to put on an ‘adult’ pantomime.

“It will be aimed at an adult audience,” Christopher explained.

“It’s not ‘blue’ or inappropriate, just jokes aimed at a more adult audience. We hope it’s going to be something a bit different!”

Starting next week, this year’s show will feature a cast of all ages, including members of the Bolton Dance and Performing Arts College run by Teresa Harper, Christopher’s wife.

It is being performed at Our Lady of Lourdes Function Suite in Farnworth but Stagedoor is hoping to find a permanent base to show its productions from in the future.

“We are always on the lookout for a venue to call home,” Christopher added.

“New people are always welcome to join us too, it doesn’t matter if you just want to sing, dance, make things, get cups of tea or just have a laugh.

“We just want people to come along and have a good time.”

The show will be performed from December 16 to 18. To book tickets call 07803 045892.