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A Tale of Four Seasons

Review by Peter Steward

If variety is the spice of life, then a Hethersett Players production is the place to be for fun and enjoyment. 

The group’s latest offering took a packed village hall through “The Seasons Variety Evening” featuring drama, song, sketches and dance from the four seasons. 

It was in the main a light-hearted evening, the kind that helps you to forget that the cold of winter will soon be with us. 

After a rather low key start, the first half of the evening soon gathered pace with songs from Grease and South Pacific with a sprinkling of Ken Dodd (“Happiness”) and even the Eurovision Song Contest (“Walking on Sunshine”) being thrown in for good measure. There were also covers of songs by the Mamas and the Papas (“California Dreamin”) and Shirley Bassey (“Get the Party Started”). 

Poetry inter-mingled with the songs and Neville Greenhalgh, as Professor Itchy Pants, and Fiona Barker, as the romance writer who got rather carried away with her own plots, injected humour and warmth to the first half which concluded with cast and audience joining in a rousing rendition of White Christmas. 

The second half was all about humour with Steve Bussey, Lloyd Parfitt, Rachel Woodier and Sarah Wright performing David Tristram’s “Last Panto in Little Grimley” which suited the players’ skills and comic timing admirably. 

Fittingly the funniest part of the evening was the finale which featured Barry Foster as Meatloaf and Neville Greenhalgh as a particularly scary version of Cher (pictured above). The scary thing was Neville somehow managed to look more like the American singer than even the best competitors from “Stars in their Eyes” and he did this by applying his own make-up! 

The evening set out purely to entertain and was therefore a huge success, coming just a few months after their excellent production of Marvin Hamlisch’ They’re Playing Our Song. 

The variety evening ran over two consecutive nights and was produced by Lloyd Parfitt and choreographed by Kate Rowe. Musical director was Tony Press. 

The Players are always looking for new members either onstage or backstage. Anyone interested in joining should contact Sarah Wright on 01603 810593 or by e-mailing players2004@hethersettplayers.co.uk 

More information on Hethersett Players is available on their website – www.hethersettplayers.co.uk To see more of the photos from the production click here.