50 YEARS OF PANTO-MONIUM
This panto season is a special one for Hethersett - it will be the village’s 50th production. Its professionalism and longevity means it is famous a long way outside of just the village now. Tickets sell out fast for the production, which runs for a week and a day towards the end of January.
Although an amateur production, everything is done very professionally, from the music, to the scene painting, to the choreography and the dialogue. Many of the people involved also hold down full time jobs, so their dedication and ability to produce something so remarkable in their limited spare time is even more impressive.
The pantomime group engages the whole community with participants aged from five to 80. They also embrace those with disabilities. In the early days the pantomime took place at the church hall but since 1987 it moved to the village hall with a proper stage and facilities.
Lloyd Parfitt writes the pantomimes himself and preparations for the following year’s performance start in May with rehearsals starting in September. The actual pantomime that will be performed is kept a closely-guarded secret for as long as possible, even from the cast!
One of the great things about this pantomime is the amount raised for charity. Up to last year, £107,350 has been raised for worthy causes.
If you want to be part of the 50th anniversary you will have to be quick to get the tickets which are likely to sell out fast. They can be obtained in Hethersett library or from the website. If you would like to take part rather than just watch, you can do this through the website too.
Jackie Bull hethersettpanto.org.uk/tickets
See page 29 for more county pantos
A scene from a past production