THE annual Forefront winter panto has been a welcome fixture of the Wee County calendar for years and this year's show is yet another superb spectacle.

Showcasing the sheer range of talent at the stage school, Dick McWhittington delivers on its promise of enchantment and hilarity.

The cast never fail to disappoint, with some familiar faces ably supported by an influx of fresh enthusiasm.

Nadia Smith once again handled the title role with poise, while Hannah Ross gave another terrific turn as Senga.

Kieran McLennan continues to bring charisma and enthusiasm, this time in the role of Sandy, with the versatile Siobhan McDade impressing in the role of Marmaduke.

Gemma Penman brings a little extra sparkle to the show as Gallus Alice the fairy, while Hayley Smith takes on the role of Melody with aplomb.

This year's antagonist, Queen Rat, is played by the fantastic Ross Turnbull, while Kirsty Cowie and Aimee Welsh bring Act 2 to life by playing Sultan Vinegar and Buckie.

However, the plaudits may well go to Sophie McKillop and Isla McPherson who take turns to play Kitty – the endearing sidekick which brings a certain charm to the tale.

Importantly, the abilities of the crew were a notable success, with impressive scenery and flawless effects throughout.

Amber Rennie, principal at Forefront, was full of praise for the youngsters and called on Wee County families to come out and see the show later this week.

She said: "We have been delighted with the response to our few shows this year. All of the crew and cast members have worked so hard to bring the show to life and it's wonderful to see all that graft pay off.

"We wanted to do something a little different this time and audiences have really bought into the tale. Already, there has been some terrific performances.

"Credit must go to Alan McHugh for writing such a slick script for us all to work with, and to choreographer Sarah Kerr and voice coach Lesley Caldwell.

"There is still plenty more to come from the team and we hope more families will join us later this week or for the last few shows at the weekend."

The Forefront's Dick McWhittington will run until Saturday, January 12. To book a ticket, call the Box Office on 07599 977 732