Panto stars light up city carol service

Carolers at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE:

Carolers at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

The cast of Norwich Theatre Royal's Aladdin assembled at one of the city's favourite churches for a special star studded service.

Families and theatre fans packed out St Peter Mancroft's Church in Norwich for its annual Pantomime Carol Service.

The congregation was treated to an hour of music, interactive stories and traditional panto banter.

The Rev Edward Carter, vicar of the church and chaplain to the Theatre Royal, welcomed the crowds before the beaming choir of Pantomime Babes took their place on the chancel.

Decked in a collection of sparkly Santa hats and reindeer antlers the youngsters performed a cheeky ditty of about the joys and pains of gobbling too much Christmas grub.

Kiera-Nicole Brennan at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwi

Kiera-Nicole Brennan at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant


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Panto genie and children's TV presenter Kiera-Nicole Brennan joined Emmerdale star and this year's villain Rik Makarem for an animated poetry performance about political correctness in Santa's workshop.

Miss Brennan then taught the congregation how to sing We Wish You a Merry Christmas in sign language and soon had the whole church collaborating in the special rendition.

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Next up, panto princess Anna Hannides and this year's Aladdin, Steven Roberts, flexed their vocal chords with an emotional ballad.

The romantic leads wowed the crowd with a stunning duet of festive classic, Someday at Christmas, which was met with thunderous applause.

Cast members at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICT

Cast members at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

An interactive story by Rev Carter had the audience singing as his protagonist, a magic carpet, searched followed the star of Bethlehem.

Norwich Theatre Royal favourite and legendary dame, Richard Gauntlett, elicited chuckles from the congregation with a mischievous poem about Santa coming up trumps after a sprout supper.

The panto heavyweight punctuated his performance with some classic audience participation, bringing a touch of slapstick magic to the nave.

After the festivities, Mr Gauntlett told us that after 18 years of performing in the Norwich Theatre Royal panto, the unique carol service was still an annual highlight.

Carolers at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE:

Carolers at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

He said: 'Every year we come and do this special service and it's always packed and it's a fabulous start to Christmas. We had a bit of audience participation from our vicar which was lovely and quite unexpected!

'The kids that play the babes in the panto do some singing which is always a bit gulpy and just beautiful. It's a wonderful service, it really is.'

Norwich Theatre Royal's Aladdin is showing until Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Carolers at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE:

Carolers at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

Carolers at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE:

Carolers at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

The Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honey

The Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

Revd Edward Carter at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich

Revd Edward Carter at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

The Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honey

The Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

Richard Gauntlett at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich.

Richard Gauntlett at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

The Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honey

The Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

Carolers at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE:

Carolers at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

The Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honey

The Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

Alexander Delamere at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich

Alexander Delamere at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

Kiera-Nicole Brennan and Rik Makarem at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter

Kiera-Nicole Brennan and Rik Makarem at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

Stephen Roberts and Anna Hannides at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Ma

Stephen Roberts and Anna Hannides at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

Kiera-Nicole Brennan at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwi

Kiera-Nicole Brennan at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

Youngsters in the audience at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft,

Youngsters in the audience at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

The Pantomime Babes at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwic

The Pantomime Babes at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

Cast members at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICT

Cast members at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

Cast members at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICT

Cast members at the Norwich Theatre Royal Pantomime Carol Service, St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

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