Another Panto Success
Hethersett’s annual village pantomime has been
delighting audiences for the past 42 years with its mix of fun and pure
Snow White is the latest in a long line of eye
catching pantos that brings some winter cheer into the hearts of a packed
Over the years the cast has changed and most of those
taking part in panto 2011 weren’t even born when Sleeping Beauty kicked
things off in 1970. Over the four subsequent decades, however, the show
has maintained its high standard and this year’s offering was as
colourful and enjoyable as ever.
The winning formula of the Hethersett panto has
always been a mixture of song and dance, a generous splash of colour and
the ability to make the audience part of the fun by drawing them into the
plot. Local jokes are thrown into the traditional panto fare to great
Once again the panto was written and produced by
Lloyd Parfitt who somehow also found time to play the cheeky Muddles.
Barry Foster as always sparkled in a number of outrageous costumes as
Nurse Nelly and this year had support from his grandson Jack Hamling as
Muddles’ Apprentice – certainly a chip off the old block.
There were stirring performances from Neville
Greenhalgh as King Sebastian, Kate Rowe as the Good Fairy, Steve Bussey
and Jono Angelo as Push and Shove and Josh Hamer as Lord Chamberlain and
charming performances from two of the younger and leading lights of the
pantomime group – Lauren Cooke as Snow White and Lewis Cook as Prince
Valentine. The showstopper was Rachel Woodier as the agonisingly wicked
Queen Liga – a part she fitted like a glove. Laughs were also plentiful
from the seven dwarfs.
The show was directed by Sarah Wright and the band
was led by musical director Tony Press.
As well as providing an excellent evening’s
entertainment the pantomime has also raised over £71,000 for local
charities and organisations since 1970 and a special end of show bucket
collection was made this year for the Wymondham based cancer support
charity Star Throwers.