Review and photo gallery: Mundesley panto
11:00 27 February 2014
Mundesley Coronation Hall
A lot of experience goes a long way especially when it comes to raising awareness and funds for a worthy cause.
The Friends of Mundesley Volunteer Inshore Lifeboat certainly have gained a reputation for coming up with the goods by offering quality entertainment at their village hall.
A list of other successful fund raising events can be added to the Friends’ CV, but, this particular event has topped the list with skill and professionalism using 41 years’ experience under its belt and a lot of sparkle.
A winter warmer adaption of Cinderella had packed audiences slipping off their seats with laughter, while ‘cheers and boos’ added to audience participation.
The team-work on stage, and behind the scenes, was cleverly organised and directed by Ian Cashmore and Pat Nearney who could only be described as ‘brilliant’ and the story-line was faultless.
All went in the right direction with music, choreography, wardrobe, lighting, sound, scenery and props, helped by the ‘juggling’ skills backstage. The teamwork gave a fantastic ‘stepping stone’ for the performers who definitely had the audience’s undivided attention.
Cinders (Victoria Ing) gave a strong performance with song while Buttons (Paul Reynolds) kept everyone laughing with ugly sisters Benidormina (Neil Ellson and Magaloophia (Pat Nearney), dominating the theme.
Prince Charming (Cerian Ellson) and Dandini (Sharon Jiggins - who directed the music as well), were perfectly matched against Baron Hardup (Christon Sharpe). Fairy Godmother (Lottie Waller), Salt (Jean Clarke) and Vinnie (Judy Ellson) were fun under the spell of the Norfolk Fairy (Sheilah Olley), who was in demand. Herald, (Dave Marshall), the panto stalwart, trotted about in his own inimitable style!
Children and villagers all appeared in great costumes and good voice. And the front of house team worked extremely hard with warm welcomes and good refreshments.