Hunstanton's Snow White pantomime draws in school parties
Since pantomime returned to Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre in 2015 it has proved very popular, especially with school parties.
This year’s production of Snow White certainly lives up to its billing as ‘a fabulous family panto’.
For example, at the morning performance on Wednesday, some 200 pupils and their teachers from local schools formed the audience.
In the afternoon, a coach party from Wisbech, swelled the numbers for a matinee aimed at a much older audience.
As with most pantomimes, the plot was familiar, but its appeal was in the way the story was presented.
The acting, even in the slapstick routines, was well directed and rehearsed.
The same applied to the dancing and singing. Young dancers from the Rollason stage school did not put a foot wrong, even when some of them were in bulky costumes as the seven dwarfs!
Helen Farrell as Snow White and Dominic Scott as Prince John were very convincing as the love-struck couple, but the baddies had even better lines and delivered them with real conviction.
Linda Newport played the wicked queen to perfection, whether acting or singing; while Dave Kustard, as her cringing sidekick, made the most of his every word and gesture.
Michelle Free was perfect as Fairy Snowdrop, looking as if she had just stepped down from the top of a Christmas tree!
She ensured that good triumphed over evil, while Mervyn Francis proved that only a man could get away with some of the lines he delivered as Dame Clara!
Andy Eastwood provided lots of laughs as Muddles and showed great versatility when it came to playing a variety of stringed instruments.
Add in some foot-tapping tunes; colourful scenery and costumes; and you have all the ingredients for a perfect pantomime! Oh yes you have!