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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 Village Hall. 

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 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.

CAST

Belle Sophie Cooke
Beast Lewis Cook
Simple Simon Lloyd Parfitt
Gertie Neville Greenhalgh
Carson the Butler Stephen Bussey
Mr Cornwallis Barry Foster
Prunella Lauren Cooke
Millicent Bethany Tuckwood
The Good Fairy Tina Greenhalgh
The Wicked Witch Sue Tuckwood
Elsie The Maid Becky Sprunt
Ethel The Cleaner Vicki Gale
Bert The Guard Jono Angelo
Ernie The Guard Josh Hamer
Villagers Juliette Appleby, June Bulcock, Will Bussey, Sarah Collins, Andrea Farrow, John Halford, Jack Hamling, Rowan Hill, Caitlin Lovick, Caroline Lovick, David Neal, Caroline Reynolds, Chris Soman, Emily Spencer, Abby Waller, Lily Whear, Sarah Wright
Witches Scarlett Alborough, Millie Bainbridge, Amy Gorman, Nia Peres, Evie Sayer, Freya Scott, Lily Stibbon, Lily Walker.
Musical Director Tony Press
Script Writer & Producer Lloyd Parfitt
Director Sarah Wright
Choreography Andrea Farrow, Kate Rowe, Sophie Cooke, Lauren Cooke
Set Design Colin Wilson and Keith Drinkwater