Village Pantomime 2009
Forty years of
tradition in Hethersett was celebrated with this year’s pantomime
Aladdin and his Wonderful Ruby Lamp.
Over the years the
village has seen traditional pantomimes given unusual twists like Red Riding
Hood set in Holland, Sleeping Beauty set in Scotland or Dick Whittington set
on a desert island.
So it came as no
surprise this year to find the action of Aladdin taking place on the Great
Wall of China and outside a Dublin pub, amongst a number of other places.
This transportation of
the imagination is down to three factors – the skill of the entire group
both on and off stage, the imagination of producer and writer Duncan Pigg and
the wonderful backdrops and scenery of set designer Colin Wilson and his team.
After 40 years of
panto involvement Duncan Pigg has decided to hang up his pen: “The Ruby
Anniversary of the pantomime seems to be a good point for me as producer and
scriptwriter to retire. It’s been a wonderful 40 years from the small
beginnings to the present shows with large casts, orchestra, stage and musical
directors, set designers, back stage crews, front of house and many more. Many
have become my firm friends and I can never thank them enough for all the
support they have given me,” he said, adding that he hoped to continue his
association with the group in some capacity.
Despite the unusual
settings, Duncan provided a traditional script interspersed with excellent
Irish and can can dance routines, beautifully choreographed by Andrea Farrow
and Katherine Rowe.
The main characters were played by a number of “Hethersett panto veterans”
with Barry Foster as cheeky as ever as Widow Twankey, Neville Greenhalgh as
polished as ever as Wishy Washy, Bonnie Wood as sparkling as ever as Princess
Rose Blossom and Lloyd Parfitt as debonair as ever in the lead role.
They were well backed
up by Steve Bussey as the nasty Ebenezer, Lauren Cooke as the good fairy and a
large cast of other colourful and talented performers.
Whatever role Duncan
Pigg takes in future productions he and the pantomime group have managed to
make the annual show a major part of the village calendar.
production of Mother Goose raised over £5,500 for local charities. This
year’s retiring “bucket collection” was in aid of the Priscilla Bacon
Lodge Support Group.
Citizens, Factory Workers, Policemen, Courtiers. Dancers, Warriors, Drunks etc - Barbara Powell, Becca Jermy, Caroline Reynolds, Chloe Spinks, Ellie Boyd, June Bulcock, Kate Rowe, Naomi Larner, Sandra Butler, Sarah Wyatt, Sarah Wright, Tina Greenhalgh, Barry Butler, Daniel Orford, Joe Larkowsky, Jono Angelo, Matt Molloy, Thomas Wyatt, Peter Emery, Simon Larkowsky, Bethany Tuckwood, Caroline Lovick, Elena Wyatt, Emma Larkowsky, Kirsti Orford, Lily Bussey, Rebekah Larner, Sophie Cooke, Victoria Woodier, Abbey Waller, Caitlin Lovick.