Boo! Eight Plus One, The Hilt, Hiltingbury

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THIS self-penned panto had all the essential elements of family fun, bringing together a local community to hiss, cheer and sing along with the gregarious cast.

The content was splendid but occasionally the pace lagged and the characters needed to expand, as some seemed to lack confidence, though this could not be said for the femme fatale, Widow Twing Twang (Colin Fleming) with her tight-fitting outfits, fluttering (sparkly) eyelashes and brassy locks.

Berty (Karen Pearson) was masterly as the intellectually challenged side-kick to the dastardly wizard (Hugh Johnn) and helped Boo (Rachel Woodland) to find her Prince Charming (Jo Swatridge).

There was a good array of songs and some melodious singing to help the evening go with a swing.

A few set-based hitches were dealt with swiftly and the audience supported the cast with enthusiasm and “he’s behind you!”.

A good evening was had by all, “oh no it wasn’t . . . oh yes it was!”

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1:05pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Saintade says...

Considering this was Eight + One's first attempt at panto, this was a valiant effort! The cast gave it their all and the lead Colin Fleming was an excellent traditional panto dame...his ad lib at the final curtain 'Can I take these shoes off now' the funniest line of the show! Sterling work was done on the staging of the show in the lovely new Hilt theatre, and the sound and lighting was well executed. Amplification of the actors would have made them easier to hear, but that's taking nothing away from the cast who all gave their best and entertained the 80 or so locals who came along to support them. Roll on the Stars In Their Eyes special next summer!
Considering this was Eight + One's first attempt at panto, this was a valiant effort! The cast gave it their all and the lead Colin Fleming was an excellent traditional panto dame...his ad lib at the final curtain 'Can I take these shoes off now' the funniest line of the show! Sterling work was done on the staging of the show in the lovely new Hilt theatre, and the sound and lighting was well executed. Amplification of the actors would have made them easier to hear, but that's taking nothing away from the cast who all gave their best and entertained the 80 or so locals who came along to support them. Roll on the Stars In Their Eyes special next summer! Saintade
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