The HAIRY Godmother at ‘Cinderella’ panto

Director Graham Smith and cast members Mark Swinson (left) and Tom Morley get ready for the Lovelace pantomime
Director Graham Smith and cast members Mark Swinson (left) and Tom Morley get ready for the Lovelace pantomime

THE title of this production indicated that it would be a bit different from the traditional ‘Cinderella’ pantomime we are all used to.

And so it proved, with the main variation involving the Fairy Godmother. Played with panache by Mark Swinson, the character was now a dame, the HAIRY Godmother, who delivered a prologue and spoke in rhyme throughout.

A traditional highlight comes when the good fairy makes it possible for Cinderella to go to the ball.

But in ‘Cinders’, written by David Tristram, a pumpkin could not be found for being transformed into the coach and a sausage was used instead.

Also, instead of waving a magic wand, the Hairy Godmother concocted a witch’s brew, including such ingredients as squashed-up snails and lizards’ tails. The effect was quite hilarious.

Pretty 18-year-old Anna Nesbitt, who is in the sixth form at Holgate Comprehensive School, Hucknall, impressed as the downtrodden Cinders, whose dreams of escaping her humdrum existence as a servant girl eventually come true.

Beth Garwood was an engaging Prince Charming and proved her vocal talent when she sang ‘On My Own’ from ‘Les Miserables’.

Portraying the flamboyantly-attired Ugly Sisters, Dotty and Potty, were Tom Morley and Tony Garwood.

Their appearance at the ball led to one of them wheeling the other down the middle of the auditorium in a shopping trolley kindly loaned — as the printed programme acknowledged — by Hucknall’s Aldi supermarket.

Lovelace newcomer Daniel Knight was the henpecked Baron Hardup and Vicki Clarke played his shrewish wife, who tried to fool the Prince by replacing the all-important slipper with one big enough for a giant.

Twelve-year-old Bailey Watson, a pupil of Hucknall National Church of England Academy, was a spirited Buttons, mingling with children in the audience for a joke-telling session.

Hucknall retailer Jess Wall was also in good form as the Prince’s assistant, Dandini, and the cast was completed by a six-strong chorus.

Directed by Graham Smith, the pantomime was deservedly well received by large audiences for its four performances.OUR PHOTO shows panto director Graham Smith with Mark Swinson (left) and Tom Morley (PHOTO BY: Peter Jordan)