Dick Whittington 2006

Gazette

This year's panto didn't disappoint

Dick Whittington
West Cliff Theatre, Clacton

Slapped thighs, outrageous costumes and a chorus of boos - this year's Clacton panto didn't disappoint.

West Cliff Theatre was the setting for Dick Whittington, Clacton Operatic Society's annual performance.

All the great hallmarks of the pantomime were in place - from a wonderfully flamboyant dame to a heart-warming love story.

The chorus of singers and dancers got things off to a cracking start and were energetic throughout.

The two leading characters - Samantha Slim and Zoe McCarthy - looked stunning and sung beautifully.

Comedy came from a ring of characters. Sam McCarthy's bumbling idiot act raised a laugh, as did the unconventional fairy Jean Murphie.

As ever, the panto dame Ernie Grimsey, who had only stepped into the role at short notice was excellent. His banter with the crowd was the best part of the night and made sure the adults were entertained as well as the children.

Youngsters were even invited up onto the stage towards the end for a final song and dance.

Perhaps the only disappointment was that we did not see enough of the baddie King Rat, played by Neil Murphie.

What he did was fine, but it would have been nice to have more chances to boo and hiss the bad guy.

Nevertheless, with a full house all leaving happy, this show marked another triumph for the operatic society.

John Hyde

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