Magic was in the air at Roses Theatre on Tuesday 1 December 2015, when its anticipated pantomime, Cinderella, kick-started advent in spectacular style, complete with singing, dancing, and lots of laughter.
Tewkesbury families flocked to the newly-stylised theatre, which was jam-packed with little and big kids alike, all waiting to be whisked away into an enchanting pantomime world.
Getting off to a sparkling start with a sweet introduction from the fairy godmother, the pantomime opened with a rousing rendition of ‘Shut Up and Dance’, complete with lively choreography to set the party atmosphere.
The first half was packed with giggles, romance, and plenty of charm, drawing gasps from children and their parents as Cinders set off for the ball in a flying carriage, pulled by a grand horse.
Playing the part of Cinderella, the beautiful Lizzie Franks charmed the audience, as well as Prince Charming, encapsulating everything one would expect from a fairy-tale heroine.
Meanwhile, the ugly sisters Cheryl and Beryl – or Chezza and Bezza if you prefer – played by Jeffrey Harmer and Noel White, provided plenty of fun, with their misbehaved dogs raising shrieks of disgust, while their subtle adult humour drew laughs from the parents.
The second half upped the tempo and pantomime spirit too, drawing calls of ‘he’s behind you’ and ‘Oh yes they did’ from the excited audience, with children embracing tradition and joining in with full force.
Kali Peacock made an excellent job of switching between the friendly fairy godmother and wicked stepmother, whose evil wrath made her the perfect panto villain, whilst her ironic dual roles invited laughs from older viewers.
Luke Adamson also excelled in his role as Buttons, getting the entire audience involved during a rowdy rendition of ‘Witch Doctor’, which gave some lucky children their own time to shine onstage.
The children who played Mouse and the bouncer got one of the biggest cheers of the night after dealing with the baddies and putting on excellent performances, while a personal highlight of mine was Dandini’s rendition of ‘Candyman’, played by Gemma Wilson.
The Roses stage was impressive in itself, with an ever-changing set including a grand sparkling staircase, rolling woodlands, and even a makeshift village; while exciting sparkling stage fireworks, music and percussion complemented the drama to perfection.
Proving an unmissable Christmas treat for families far and wide, Roses Theatre’s 2015 assures a happy ending for all, and even better, is set to continue sprinkling festive cheer into the New Year.
By Kathryn Godfrey
Monday 07 December 2015
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