A MONSTER... beautiful maidens... vile robbers... a widowed father with three daughters and strange happenings at a nearby castle - it can only be panto season in Croyde! The Croyde Players are busy rehearsing another rib-tickling musical adventure in the

A MONSTER... beautiful maidens... vile robbers... a widowed father with three daughters and strange happenings at a nearby castle - it can only be panto season in Croyde!The Croyde Players are busy rehearsing another rib-tickling musical adventure in the shape of Beauty and the Beast of Croyde for audiences of all ages to enjoy when it hits the Village Hall this month.The show opens on Wednesday, January 23 at 7.30pm and runs until Saturday, January 26, with evening shows at 7.30 on the Thursday and Friday, plus a 2pm matinee and final curtain raiser at 6.30 on Saturday.The Croyde Players and their annual pantomime have always enjoyed a reputation for professionalism and innovation.This year has seen more than its share of crises, but in the spirit of "the show must go on" the substitute director is Rosemary Littlewood, assisted by Liz Greenway and producer David Tebbutt.The cast has an age range from six to 85! Audiences will be rewarded with top-notch artistes, costumes, scenery, singing and dancing. Tickets, priced £6 for adults and £4.50 for children and senior citizens, will be on sale shortly at Croyde Post Office, Georgeham Village Stores and Braunton TIC, with a special offer for first night, at £4 for all tickets.