Review: Cromer Pier Christmas Show
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There really is nothing else quite like it.
One minute you've got a line of dancers kicking their way through Be Our Guest, and the next there's a couple of grown men climbing out of boxes in an Andy Pandy parody.
The chops and changes at the Cromer Pier Christmas Show happen so fast, that if you dare to duck out before the intermission for a mince pie and mulled wine you might miss something equally random - a ballet performance of Softly In A Midnight Sky, say.
Although this was the first show I'd seen at the seaside resort's Pavilion Theatre I did have some idea of what to expect as I'd made it along to the launch earlier in November.
What I didn't see coming was the sheer infectious energy of the cast of singers, dancers and entertainers.
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It's no wonder Olly Day keeps getting invited back to host the show. The magnetic entertainer had the audience regularly in stitches with gags about everything from mouse holes to cardboard cutout policemen.
And his rapport with musician, Leo Shavers, seemed so natural and the results so hilarious it's difficult to believe they haven't shared a stage in years.
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Leo showed his knack for coaxing a tune out of everything from a trumpet to a traffic cone, livening up the stage with numbers including a fast-paced hunting anthem and an upbeat rendition of 'Scotland the Brave'.
Lead singer Emily Yarrow claimed a spot at the very heart of the show, showing her versatility with everything from I Will Follow Him to White Christmas.
The second-half highlight was an Egyptian-themed sequence from Joseph, with lead vocalist Rob McVeigh proving he can belt out Any Dream Will Do with the best of them. The 'Christmas dancers' including Amy Ward and Paul Edwards were a thrill to watch, ably supported youngsters from the Youth Choir and Marlene's School of Dancing, who brought songs including Happy Feet to another level.
It's difficult to imagine something that could get you into the Christmas spirit more quickly than going along to the show which is, as Olly says, 'in a shed on stilts at the end of the pier'.
The show runs until December 30 performances at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets start at £10. For more, call 01263 512495 or visit www.cromerpier.co.uk