Panto Gang 2020 Arrives
21st November 2019
I’m a panto star – get me out of here!
Panto rehearsals have swung into action at Sheringham Little Theatre after the cast arrived at the seaside theatre to prepare for a special season.
It is the 10th anniversary of the venue staging its own professional pantomime. And an action-packed Dick Whittington and His Cat features a Victorian “steam punk” style adventure taking Dick from Norfolk to London, with plenty of fun, song, dance, special effects – and even an “escape room”, where the audience helps solve the clues.
The show opens on Saturday December 7 and combines a seven-strong professional cast of actors with 32 local children playing cats, dogs and rats.
As the cast met to begin rehearsals and see their costumes for the first time, director Nick Earnshaw, who is also playing the dame, Sarah the Cook, said: “It is always daunting to start – with all the dance routines, songs, ‘slop scenes’ and fights to learn. .
“But it is great having a core of experienced actors who know the venue and audience, and are like ‘mini directors’ on stage to help the other cast.”
Rik Warren (Jonny the Dog) is the longest-serving, doing his sixth Sheringham panto, and Kyle Fraser (Dick Whittington) his fifth, but first in a title role.
They are joined by North Walsham’s Harry Williams (The Cat) and Lucy Connor (Fairy Bow Bells), who have both graduated from being chorus children to professional senior roles.
Newcomers are Danniella Schindler as Alice Fitzwarren, who has just graduated from drama school and Kit Henson (Queen Rat) who has sung in a steam punk band at Alton Towers.
Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “This is a special anniversary year for us, and it is great to have lots of popular regulars joined by youngsters like Harry and Lucy who have grown up at this theatre and come back as professionals.”
Tickets are selling well, and two extra school shows have been added this year due to demand, she added.
Dick Whittington and His Cat runs form December 7 to January 1