With her daughter once again in the chorus of Hereford Amateur Pantomime Society's annual production, Wendy Morris, co-founder of The Little Princess Trust put up her hand to help out backstage again.

Little did she suspect that it was going to be less a case of 'behind the scenes' than it was 'scenes in a behind' as she was persuaded to play the back end of Buttermilk, the tap-dancing cow.

The script is by Alan P Frayn and tells the traditional story of the boy who sold his mother's cow for a handful of beans. This year HAPS welcomes a new musical director, Jon Weller, who brings a wealth of experience and a live band. It is a fun-filled, colourful show full of music, magic and laughter - a sure-fire hit for all the family this half-term.

Will brave Jack defeat the giant to win the hand of his beloved Princess Charlotte? And will Simon and Dotty be reunited with faithful Buttermilk the cow?

HAPS was formed in 1982 following the closure of the Wiggins Pantomime Society and to date the society has raised around £55,000 for local charities. Each year they give a minimum donation of £1,000 to their chosen charity and this year is no exception as they support The Wye Valley NHS Trust Born Sleeping Appeal. The annual HAPS pantomimes have been a constant in the city for so long and encourage local people of all ages and abilities to get involved. There are members who have three generations involved in the pantomime and the longest serving member has been with HAPS (and previously Wiggins Pantomime Society) for almost 40 years.

Jack and The Beanstalk runs at The Courtyard from Wednesday, February 20 to Saturday, February 23 at 7pm, with matinees at 2pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

To book, call the box office on 01432 340555 or visit courtyard.org.uk