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Harburn Village Hall - Panto 2019


It was good that in an unfamiliar venue, this year’s pantomime got off to a familiar rousing start as The stage filled from all angles with a seemingly endless troupe of black clad singers and dancers who gave it their all and left us full of anticipation for what was to come. And we were not disappointed. The black quickly became a kaleidoscope of colour and throughout the evening the vigorous singing and choreography never let up. This was a young cast, although many of them are becoming seasoned performers, and they clearly were enjoying every moment.  As was Widow Twerky whose entry on a scooter, (try doing that in Harburn Hall!) brought the house down and set the standard for another storming performance from David Hastie.

 

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As we were there on Friday night it was up to Aaron Gall to chill us with his evil machinations. This was an elegantly sinister baddy with a lovely singing voice and two engagingly energetic henchpersons, H and H, played by Brodie Strachan and Chloe Robertson.  His partner in crime, and ultimately in life, Moragana,(Morgan Weir) set the scene for potential disaster early on with suitable menace helped by her wicked apprentices, Milly and Molly, (Ellie Logan and Molly Vincent) with horrendous hair and nasty grimaces.
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The alliterative theme was continued with Widow Twerky’s lively gang of B initialled children who carried off many of the pantomime conventions with glee, subjecting us to dreadful knock-knock jokes, showers of sweets and the whole, “Look behind you!” routine. Their rendition of “Sisters” did the Beverly Sisters proud.beauty 19

Joseph Gall as The Prince was such a horribly convincing spoilt brat that no one can have been sorry to see him turned into The  Beast but It was one of the fore mentioned sisters, Belle, played by Kaitlyn Smith, however who was destined to tame him and live happily ever after. This she did with sweetness and a beautiful song. She and Joseph had a lovely duet and also managed to sustain a long waltz with confidence. The singing throughout was impressive from the chorus accompanying the waltz to many solos, including “Some Enchanting Evening” sung with assurance by The Prince beauty 19and culminating in a totally anarchic “Twelve Days of Christmas”. Most of the audience was liberally sprayed with water during this to the obvious glee of the younger members of both audience and cast.

There were many highlights during the evening and Kirsty made the best use of her huge and young cast. Using them as spooky trees in the inevitable ghost scene was a clever idea and throughout they were involved in singing, dancing and general mayhem.beauty 19 It is very encouraging to see so many taking part. Equally, it was good to see familiar adult faces again as the great strength of local pantomime is multigenerational. “Harburn” grown ups take note. We’d like to see more of you in future!

The other great strength is the huge amount that goes on behind the scenes as the number of names on the second page of the programme testifies. The costumes for such a big cast with many changes must have proved quite a challenge but a challenge that was more than met.beauty 19 Indeed the whole technical side involved a great amount of local talent and commitment and thanks and congratulations are due to all involved. Especially to Kirsty for another thoroughly enjoyable pantomime.

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Words: Juliet - Pics by Gillespie Collective