29th November 2012
Beverley Memorial Hall
Type of Production
Fiona Latham (Chorus Mistress)
Author: Tony Harris
Pantomimes normally provide happiness, sadness, good comedy, songs, dancing, colourful characters and costumes and audience participation. This did not disappoint.
Whilst the performance I saw may have been a bit loose early on, as soon as the cast warmed up so did the audience, which contained lots of children, and the competition between each half of the auditorium grew fiercer by the minute!
The entire cast, including a few youngsters, contributed to this enjoyable show and, notably, Mandy Pearson was strong as Baroness Hardup and Alison White was a lovely Fairy Godmother. Roselyn Shallcross (Cinderella) and Laura Embleton (Prince Charming) worked well together and Andy Collinson was a very likeable Buttons.
Everyone enjoys Panto Dames and Ian Thompson and Mark Daniels didn’t let us down as the Ugly Sisters, being funny and wearing wonderful costumes (made by Ian).
Other characters were provided by Hannah Midgley (Dandini), Ian Start (Baron Hardup), Gary Hall (Chamberlain) and Ian Latham in a nice cameo as Diddles. The costumes were superb and the set, mainly cloths, was bright and simple – there was even some UV lighting.
There was a good sing song before the finale and it all added up to a fun evening that was just right.