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Charming Cinderella

Heavy snow gave a chocolate box feel to Hethersett Village Hall as the village pantomime group produced its 44th production of festive fun. 

The entertainment inside the hall was as warm as it was cold and icy outside as the group stayed very much with tradition for their latest version of Cinderella. 

Once again superb scenery by Colin Wilson and his team helped to showcase the talent of those taking part. The version of Cinderella’s coach brought a round of applause from the audience. 

Hethersett Pantomime may have become a village tradition but it seems as fresh and vital as it was over four decades ago. Local stalwart Duncan Pigg was awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours for writing and producing the show over 40 years. He has since handed the baton over to cast member Lloyd Parfitt and the transition has been seamless. 

The beauty of the panto has always been the ability of characters to ad lib and interact with their audience and ugly sisters Steve Bussey and Barry Foster proved masters of this art once again. This not only provides a great sense of fun but also keeps the audience on its toes. Ellie Jermy gave a mature performance in the lead role despite her youth and Bonnie Jerman was totally believable as the bombastic Lady Hardup.   

Neville Greenhalgh as Baron Hardup was suitably curmudgeonly and Lloyd Parfitt his usual charming self as Buttons. The remainder of the main characters – Lauren Cooke as Prince Charming, Sophie Cooke as Dandini, Jono Angelo as the King, Vicki Gale as the Queen, Sue Tuckwood as the Fairy Godmother and Simon Larkowsky as the Herald all injected their own sense of fun to proceedings. 

Each year the show raises thousands of pounds for local charities and good causes – their 2012 performance of Dick Whittington raised £5,600 – and this year’s traditional bucket collection at the end of each performance will go to the Nelson’s Journey charity that supports young people who have lost loved ones.

 

CAST

Cinderella Ellie Jermy
Buttons Lloyd Parfitt
Fairy Godmother Sue Tuckwood
Baron Hardup Neville Greenhalgh
Lady Hardup Bonnie Jerman
Clematis Steve Bussey
Carmellia Barry Foster
Prince Charming Lauren Cooke
Dandini Sophie Cooke
The King Jono Angelo
The Queen Vicki Gale
Herald Simon Larkowsky
Coachman Will Bussey
Villagers Caitlin Lovick, Tina Greenhalgh, Keith Wild
Courtiers and Dancers June Bulcock, Barry Butler, Sandra Butler, Lewis Cook, Peter Emery, Emily Etheridge, Andrea Farrow, Jack Hamling, Rowan Hill, Emma Larkowsky, Caroline Lovick, David Neal, Daniel Orford, Caroline Reynolds, Kate Rowe, Emily Spencer, Becky Sprunt, Bethany Tuckwood, Abby Waller, Sarah Wright.
Fairies Scarlett Alborough, Milly Bainbridge, Amy Gorman, Nia Peres, Evie Sayer, Freya Scott, Lily Stibbon, Lilly Walker
Musical Director Tony Press
Script Writer & Producer Lloyd Parfitt
Director Sarah Wright
Choreography Andrea Farrow and Kate Rowe
Set Design Colin Wilson