Sleeping Beauty

ALISON CROOSE Princess Theatre, Hunstanton

ALISON CROOSE

Princess Theatre, Hunstanton

Sunny Hunny's panto burst into life with a host of lovable characters in a slick, lively family show maintaining the best traditions of Christmas entertainment.

If decibels were a measure of success, the audience participation which nearly raised the roof was a roar of approval from both young and not-so-young in the audience.

All the vital ingredients were there in abundance with a strong team of actors and singers, plenty of comedy, superb costumes and a good team of young dancers.

The production demonstrated that age-old pantomime stories can be dusted down and presented as fresh and invigorating as the Hunstanton air.

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There was plenty of humour, song and dance and the show was particularly strong on visual impact enhanced with striking colour co-ordination and dramatic backdrops and lighting.

The pantomime was directed by Michael Garland who led by example giving a strong performance as Merlin. He represented good which, of course, triumphed over evil portrayed by wicked Queen Morgana (Jacqueline Davis).

Thigh-slapping Prince Rupert (Jonathan de Mallet Morgan) teamed up well with Aurora (Lauren Stroud) and the King (Dudley Rogers), Muddles (Jonathan Ryley) and Nanny Nora (David Rumelle) provided a feast of laughs.

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