During 40 years of pantos at The Willows, they have brightened up February half-terms for children, parents and grandparents, raising many thousands of pounds to boot.
And this production will be Pete’s finale, rounding off a long career of winters spent rehearsing, scenery painting, and making props and costumes with his personal favourite from the repertoire of shows.
Some familiar faces from productions past have joined teaching staff and parents for his curtain call to lend support in a madcap scramble for Billy Bones’ treasure map.
Wicked Long John Silver leads the chase, assisted by hapless henchman, Short-sighted Pew, and a troupe of clumsy thieves.
Meanwhile, hero Jim, son of flighty Dame Hawkins, finds himself recruited with friends and family in a quest to find and share the pirate booty.
In amongst the comedy and music, the crew even encounter The Lost Boys: so lost that they have wandered in from a different pantomime, Peter Pan.
Performances are at the school itself on Saturday, 13th February, at 2pm and 7pm, and the very final show on Saturday, 20th February at 4pm.
Tickets are £6 for adults, £4 for children and available from The Willows School on 01789 205811, or there may be some last-minute tickets on the door. Young shipmates are welcome to wear fancy dress.