A prince turned into a beast by an enchantress will stride the boards of North Creake village hall on Friday (January 15) when the Creakes Drama Group introduce the audience to their latest pantomime, Beauty and the Beast.
The French fairy tale involves plenty of audience participation – oh, no it doesn’t; oh, yes, it does and don’t argue – as the spellbinding tale repeatedly unfolds over the course of a five performances.
The Fairy enchantress (Annie Folkhard) turns Prince Victor (Harry Studd), an unpleasant piece of work if ever there was one, into the Beast as punishment for his oafish and curmudgeonly ways.
All seems lost until Beauty (Helen Hawkes), who initially turns down his marriage proposals, accepts him, magically and unwittingly releasing him from his enchantment.
The once nasty and unpleasant chauvinist sees the error of his ways and becomes the epitome of the perfect husband-to-be. It’s a traditional and colourful pantomime with plenty of well-known music numbers and rib-tickling jokes for all ages.
The main characters are well-supported by a seasoned cast that includes Robin Hawkes, Karen Adams, Phil Lance, Phil Lines, Robert Kilbourn, Richard Tree, Francesca Makins, Bethany Wiskin, Joan Price and Evette Prince, Peter Autie, Ellie Bunkle, Maddie Marshall and Olivia Sands.
This production also brings on stage a new director in Joan Joyce, who moved to the area recently. She has the experience of a lifetime in the amateur theatre which began when she played Grumpy in Snow White at the age of six. Since then she has directed stage shows in places as far apart as Newmarket, Glasgow and Carlisle during a career with the National Health Service.
She is assisted Ann Dagless and a behind-the-scenes team of some 40 group members skilled in everything from costume design, music and choreography to set design and construction, lighting and sound.
Curtain up is at 7.30pm on Friday and 5pm on Saturday; the show then continues at 7.30pm next Friday, January 22, followed by performances at 3pm and finally 7.30pm on Saturday, January 23.
Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s which can be ordered by calling 07818 896 660. Part of the proceeds of this production are being donated to the Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House.