Axminster schoolgirl is youngest panto star

Hassina Saker named principal girl for Lyme production of Robin Hood

AN Axminster schoolgirl is set to become Lyme Regis Pantomime Society’s youngest ever principal girl.

Hassina Saker, who has just turned 15, has landed the part of Belinda in the society’s production of Red Riding Hood to be staged at the Marine Theatre in February.

Hassina, who lives in the carpet town at Dragons’ Mead, is a pupil at the Woodroffe School and is particularly keen on the stage.

“I was delighted when I was given the role, and I am very excited about it,” she said.

“This will be only my third appearance with the society, having been in the chorus for the last pantomime and for the summer show.

“I am really looking forward to Red Riding Hood and to doing my very best to make a success of the part. The society is a very friendly team and I enjoy being involved.”

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She will be playing opposite principal boy Beverley Rattenbury whose stage experience will be the source of great encouragement to the youngster.

Hassina is prominent in a talented cast which includes two newcomers in leading roles.

Martyn Lilley, 23, formerly of St Neots but now living in Burton Bradstock, is The Dame. He has had considerable stage experience in his home town area, but this is his debut as a Dame.

Chris Quick, 41, takes the part of the nefarious Sir Jasper in his first time in pantomime. He has, however, appeared in two minor roles with the local operatic society.