Review: Cromer Christmas Show, Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre
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The Cromer Christmas Show
Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre
'Sparklejollytwinklejingley' they sang, from the musical Elf, as the curtain rose on first night - pretty much summing up the feel and tempo of the whole show.
With Black Friday and grey November behind us, it's time for colour and warmth, and the cast delivered a Santa's sleigh full of both.
They radiated a collective energy and sense of fun which made the audience feel as if we'd just enjoyed a lip-smacking goblet of mulled wine.
The family variety show was a visual delight with gorgeous and ever-changing costumes, excellent sets and effective lighting.
And the stage was constantly filled with action, deftly paced to balance fast dance routines with slower sketches and magic.
- 1 'Squatter' couple become legal owners of land as saga continues
- 2 Broads pub once visited by Chelsea players shuts for good
- 3 Tributes to 'kind and caring' Norwich man with a love of chess and walking
- 4 'Like touching grim reaper's nose': Teenager lucky to be alive after crash
- 5 Norfolk's oldest woman dies, aged 110
- 6 Body found in woods near Mildenhall
- 7 Bid to build 70-bed care home and 24 affordable houses
- 8 Fury at bikers' who rode over dead seal pup
- 9 Fire crews called to house fire in north Norfolk
- 10 Will it be another lockdown Christmas?
Nothing's perfect and at times the sound was a little unbalanced and the dry-ice machine was a little too energetic, plunging the front few rows into Antarctica during Let It Go, from Frozen.
Cromer has come to expect top-quality dancers and this crew, choreographed as ever by Di Cooke, were bang on. Ballet, tap, jive - you name it, they did it, and well.
A snow ballet number and fast-clapping routine sitting on Christmas present boxes were especially memorable.
The dancers were joined for a lively rock'n'roll medley by children from Cromer's Marlene's School of Dancing whose performance showed that most could easily hold their own on the adult stage in a few years' time.
Lulu Alexandra and Keith Pemberton showed their versatility as both singers and dancers, and comedian, singer and magician Olly Day demonstrated exactly why he's a Cromer Pier favourite and veteran.
Olly held the show together in his customary laugh-a-minute, relaxed style and a multiple elves routine with fun magician Steve Zebs was different and very funny.
So, if you fancy, as the song continues, a bit of 'Razzledazzleringalingle' to brighten up the season, then tread the boards along the glorious length of the UK's Pier of the Year and, when you reach the end - have yourself a merry little Christmas.
The show runs until December 30 with matinées at 2.30pm, and 7.30pm evening shows. Tickets start at £10. For more information ring the box office on 01263 512495 or visit www.cromerpier.co.uk