If you want a real festive treat this Christmas, head down to the Spa to watch Cinderella, this year’s pantomime at the Scarborough venue.
After enjoying Mother Goose, last year’s panto at the Spa, so much, it was no surprise that my three youngest daughters, ranging in age from two to nine, were excited about going back for Cinderella as they all love the story.
The Tony Peers-produced show was a big hit with the full house who poured into the theatre to escape the winter chill on Saturday afternoon, from the love story and songs belted out by Prince Charming (Katie Gregson) and newcomer Georgina Parkinson in the title role to the comedy provided by the outstanding Ugly Sisters Ravishing Rita and Wicked Wanda, played by Mark Two and Lea Holmes, who were also making their debut in a Spa panto.
The dames played their part expertly, with plenty of laughs for young and old, especially when Mark Two, who also directed the production, lost his wig at one point and the gags still kept coming thick and fast despite Mark struggling to hold back a few giggles.
The youngsters loved berating the sisters when they continued to pick on poor Cinders as she pursued her dream of meeting her dream man, Prince Charming, and they also received a good soaking from a variety of water pistols early on in the panto - and this carried on throughout thanks to some rather innovative clothing worn by the sisters which also allowed them to soak the audience with jets of water.
The costumes worn by the duo are also worth mentioning as they were wild and wacky, especially the Lady Gaga and Katy Perry outfits during the Strictly Come Dancing pastiche, with Buttons (Paul Ludlow) doing a great take on Bruce Forsyth, which went down a treat with the audience.
Phil Beck was also very entertaining as Cinder’s struggling father Baron Hardup, while the young dancers from Hatton School of Performing Arts were great, with my nine-year-old daughter especially liking the songs from Hairspray incorporated into the opening of the show.
My youngest daughter’s attention did wander slightly during the quieter moments of the show, but she loved the musical sections and the Ugly Sisters’ antics. I would highly recommend this panto for anyone wanting to escape from the crowded high streets and other stresses of the festive season. It is the ideal way to banish any ‘Bah Humbugs’ that may be developing.
I am sure we will be heading back down to the seaside venue for another panto treat next Christmas. Oh yes we will!
Cinderella opened last Thursday and runs at various times until Wednesday January 1.