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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Millom panto delivers real warmth on a cold and wet winter’s night

THE cold, wet January night offered a stark contrast to the lively warmth in Millom Palladium last night.

Cinderella

The Palladium, Millom, until January 18

Audience members, some who had journeyed from as far as Cockermouth and Whicham, were swept away during the opening night of Millom Amateur Operatic Society’s latest pantomime, Cinderella.

The cast coped admirably after a couple of unexpected changes to the line-up, with Barry Vernon deserving special mention for playing integral character Baron Hardup at short notice.

Although a familiar tale, the cast managed to put their own spin on proceedings with some hilarious performances of One Direction and Pussycat Dolls songs as well as show-tunes.

Producer Jessie Conway not only choreographed a fun and creative performance, but showcased her remarkable voice and ability to hit and hold high notes in her role as The Fairy Godmother. The stars of the show were undoubtedly evil stepsisters Gorgon and Zola, played with relish by Abby Hardwick and Natasha Caldwell.

The pair oozed mischief and their comedy dance routine to ‘Don’t Cha’ by the Pussycat Dolls was a particular highlight.

John Knowles, 71, from Bowness Road, Millom, said: “It was very good. The singing stood out for me as well as the enthusiasm of the cast.

“It was very colourful; I really enjoyed it.”

David and Dani Edwards, from Cockermouth, made the arduous journey to Millom to see the panto. Mrs Edwards said: “We have been really impressed by an amateur performance. The direction, the singing and the chorus were great.”

Jane Morris-Eyton, from Whicham, said: “It was very enjoyable, and I thought the scenery was particularly good.”

Neil Sharpe, one of the Palladium’s owners and a member of Millom Amateur Operatic Society, said: “I am very proud of them, they are a good bunch and have really worked well together.

“They have been a happy cast all the way through and have done everything that was asked of them.”

Cinderella enjoys a four day run at The Palladium with evening performances until Saturday when the cast will take to the stage at 2.30pm.

Tickets will be on-sale in Millom Library, St George’s Road, and in the theatre bar prior to each performance.

JONATHAN HUMPHRIES

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