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
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.