Whixley’s annual pantomime has developed a well-deserved reputation for providing all round family entertainment. This year’s performance of Puss in Boots was no exception.
We were treated to another show with the glittering production full of jokes, songs, heroism and good old panto fun plus the usual touch of romance – all as promised. Such a clever storyline with a quick and skilled cast providing lots of action from all directions.
The shows were almost completely sold out for all 4 performances so if you would like to see next year’s extravaganza, I’d recommend booking early. This year’s show was directed by Lynsey Farnworth, ably assisted by Leslie Couldwell. What an imagination Lynsey has! And Lynsey’s son, Ashton (aged only 8), did another great job with the choreography.
It was very noticeable how well some of last year’s newcomers to the stage have developed. And, of course, all the recognisable faces from last year continue to give great performances.
Other thanks must go to the stage, lighting and sound crew, set designers, musicians, prop managers, costume crew, front-of-house staff, ticket sellers, bar staff, raffle prize donators, the marketing department, Whixley Webmaster and anyone else who played a part, however small, in this excellent annual production in the village.
As well as being a major successful fund raiser for our village hall, the panto has brought out hidden talents from all those involved, in whatever way. It has also facilitated some great teamwork and community spirit.
I’m looking forward to next year around the end of January when the panto will be Red Riding Hood. Lynsey has already written it and rehearsals start in September.
Review by Steve Wright