50 YEARS OF PANTO-MONIUM

EDP Norfolk - - THE MARDLER -

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

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