Arts North Norfolk’s Pinocchio panto goes down a storm

Dance For Fun perform during Arts North Norfolk's 2015 Christmas Production Pinocchio and the Pirate

Dance For Fun perform during Arts North Norfolk's 2015 Christmas Production Pinocchio and the Pirates! Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Pinocchio and the Pirates! proved a big hit with panto audiences in north Norfolk.

Fairy (Paiger Miller) meets Pinocchio (Kyle Adams) in a scene from Arts North Norfolk's 2015 Christm

Fairy (Paiger Miller) meets Pinocchio (Kyle Adams) in a scene from Arts North Norfolk's 2015 Christmas Production Pinocchio and the Pirates! Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

The Arts North Norfolk Christmas production, performed in North Walsham's Atrium theatre, attracted 95pc capacity audiences throughout its six-performance run.

Joseph Ballard as Mama Gepetto in a scene from Arts North Norfolk's 2015 Christmas Production Pinocc

Joseph Ballard as Mama Gepetto in a scene from Arts North Norfolk's 2015 Christmas Production Pinocchio and the Pirates! Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

The show involved 48 children and young people, accompanied by professional adult actors, plus 24 volunteers who helped support the show in many ways from backstage to make-up and front-of-house duties.

Arts North Norfolk's own drama club and youth theatre took part in the show and North Walsham Community Choir provided pre-recorded backing vocals for some of the songs.

Dance For Fun, a local troupe for children based in Smallburgh, strutted their stuff on stage, from ballet to disco routines.

Megan Howlett, 15, played Princess Jaelle while the role of Pinocchio was shared by Kyle Adams and Andrew Burrell, both 11.

Arts North Norfolk director Joseph Ballard wrote and directed the show and also took part – in his first role as dame.

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The organisation is now planning an Easter family show called Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Other forthcoming events include the Best of British Season kicking off on February 11 with the film Suffragette, an Easter Fayre on March 26 and Shakespeare Day on April 23.

For more information visit www.artsnorthnorfolk.org or drop in at No. 1 Market Place, North Walsham (open Wednesday to Saturday) or call 01692 218060.