Stars turn out for Weston panto

PUBLISHED: 10:47 24 December 2010

Dress Rehearsal for Weston panto Cinderella, Playhouse, Weston.

Dress Rehearsal for Weston panto Cinderella, Playhouse, Weston.

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THIS year’s panto at Weston’s Playhouse is the perfect family feel-good show with laughs-a-minute that are sure to entertain both young and old.

Dress Rehearsal for Weston panto Cinderella, Playhouse, Weston.

The classic fairytale Cinderella welcomes from the world of TV Sean Wilson, of Coronation Street-fame, and John Lyons from A Touch of Frost, with girl band’s Eternal star Kelle Bryan as Cinderella.

Magnificent scenery, fantastic use of props and excellent comedic timing has ensured that this panto is one to be reckoned with – and another hit for producer Paul Holman Associates.

Sean Wilson is a seasoned panto performer and it certainly shows in his performance of Buttons, Cinderella’s best friend whose unrequited love is plain to see.

His confidence shines through and his ease in connecting with and entertaining the audience leads to plenty of gags.

Dress Rehearsal for Weston panto Cinderella, Playhouse, Weston.

Kelle Bryan’s beautiful voice was made the most of in a series of up-tempo and ballad songs, and her portrayal of kind and considerate Cinderella made it even easier to boo the wicked stepsisters.

Thespian John Lyons played Cinderella’s father Baron Hardup effortlessly and brought his many years of theatre experience to Weston’s stage.

The awards for the best ad-libbing and pure comic genius must go to the ugly sisters played by Mark Two and Jamie Steen – their out-of-this-world costumes compliment their exaggerated depiction of panto’s most evil baddies.

Gary Tushaw’s charming performance of Prince Charming, James Dangerfield’s excellent portrayal of Dandini and Susie Fenwick’s rhyming Fairy Godmother all added to the magic of this hilarious Christmas production.

Dress Rehearsal for Weston panto Cinderella, Playhouse, Weston.

Beautiful choreography by members of The Tina Counsell School of Dance and the cute Shetland ponies which graced the stage delighted audiences, and ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ resonated from the theatre.

Cinderella is showing at The Playhouse until January 9.

Tickets, priced £11.50-£17, are available from the box office on 01934

645544 or via www.theplayhouse.co.uk

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