Beauty All The Way
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For 45 years Hethersett’s annual village pantomime
has been producing top class fun and entertainment.
The pantomime group’s latest production of Beauty
and the Beast follows the well trodden path of previous years with bags of
colour and a loose script where audience interaction and ad libbing seem
as important as the storyline.
The panto plays to packed houses over nine
performances throughout the week and the pace rarely flags in Hethersett
In the latest production of Beauty there are some
charming performances – particularly from Sophie Cooke as Belle (a
perfect piece of casting), Lauren Cooke as Prunella, Bethany Tuckwood as
Millicent and Tina Greenhalgh as The Good Fairy. Barry Foster as Mr
Cornwallis, Stephen Bussey as Carson the Butler and Neville Greenhalgh in
all his usual dame-style finery as Gertie are simply potty in the nicest
sense of the word and writer and producer Lloyd Parfitt holds the whole
thing together as Simple Simon. Sue Tuckwood as The Wicked Witch almost
steals the whole show with one musical number which received the most
rousing reception of the performance.
Lewis Cook as the Beast is just on the cuddly side of
frightening with voice enhanced amplification adding to his performance
before he eventually turns into the handsome prince. The remainder of the
cast also add hugely to the production and another star of the show is the
amazing sets of Colin Wilson and Keith Drinkwater
which somehow manage to give depth to gardens, castles and many
other wonderful scenes.
Musical direction is once again in the hands of local
doctor Tony Press who manages to get involved in the plot as well and
choreography is by Andrea Farrow, Lauren and Sophie Cooke and Kate Rowe.
A big plaudit also for director Sarah Wright who has once again worked
A big plaudit also for director Sarah Wright who has once again worked tirelessly.
Over the years the panto, which began in 1970 with Sleeping Beauty, has raised over £85,000 for various charities. Performances always close with a retiring bucket collection which this year will be donated to the Musical Keys charity which provides music and movement in a stimulating environment for young people with special needs and disabilities.