Wycliffe Drama Group Present
Beauty and the Beast
A Pantomime by Ben Crocker
25th to 27th January 2018
Most professional Pantomimes are finished by New Year, leaving audiences to get through dreary January with little to laugh at. However, Lutterworth is different. Lucky folks there could come to the Wycliffe Drama Group’s yearly panto, and enjoy a really fun show at the end of the month. This year they gave us “Beauty and the Beast”.
The performers were largely young and new to the WDG, although there was a sprinkling of the experienced members using their comedy skills to great effect. Dickie Wood was the Dame, Richard Holyoak the “Giant French Poodle” Max. Among the newer performers was Liz White, a beautiful Beauty, and her prince was Xander Stone. Jacques and Valentine were played by Harry Pearson and Elena Willcox, and the wicked witch Malabelle was Naomi Cooper-another really attractive young actress despite her black heart. (Don’t worry, she was turned into a poodle at the end and happily married Max!) My personal favourite was the unhappy Beast, (Scott Cooper with great makeup).
Added into this mix were talking furniture and a clock, wolves, pages, townspeople and some delightful dance routines from the Warrington School of Dance. We enjoyed an evening of truly British entertainment. Hurrah for Pantomime! Long may it reign and long may young people enjoy both watching and appearing in it.