Last night’s performance of Cinderella Panto at Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury has well and truly put me in a festive mood! As readers know, my family and I are crazy about Christmas and the festive season just would not be complete without watching a traditional pantomime.
It was our first visit to the newly renovated Roses Theatre and it definitely will not be our last. I was most impressed with the modern decor of the atrium and the new contemporary coffee shop and bar. (Next time you are shopping in Tewkesbury keep it in mind because it offers a great refreshment stop). The intimate theatre itself has also been newly decorated and offers great views of the stage from every seat.
In the show brochure Ben Crocker, the Director, explains how he feels that panto is for people of all ages to enjoy shouting, singing, laughing and leaving behind everyday cares…. from watching last nights show I can say he certainly achieved his goal. The cast performed to a full audience of varying ages and everyone seemed very involved.
I attended with Charlie my eldest son (4.5 years old). We particularly enjoyed the feeling of involvement with the cast. The ugly sisters made frequent visits into the auditorium, treats and water were directed into the audience and towards the end a few children were invited up on the stage to take part in a song. We also enjoyed the mixture of songs used throughout the show from well-known tracks such as ‘I’m too Sexy’ to latest hits such as ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson.
The panto jokes came thick and fast… some appealing to kids and others going straight over their heads but amusing the adults in the audience! The rags to riches love story was accompanied with traditional panto pranks including slime, exploding boobs, water pistols, lots of opportunities for hissing and booing and even some tricky tongue twisters by the loveable and rosy-cheeked Buttons.
I did not need to ask my son if he enjoyed the performance… at every opportunity he shouted at the top of his lungs “It’s behind you”, “Boo, hiss” and “Oh no you didn’t!” His delighted squeals whilst bouncing around to the music during the finale expressed his pure delight with the show. When we returned home he retold the story very animatedly to his Daddy complete with explanations of naughty step mum and ugly sisters being horrible to poor Cinders, a ‘silly’ bear in the wood and Cinderella’s beautiful dress and carriage:)
If you are looking for an entertaining panto performance to treat your family to this Christmas, Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury is a great choice. You will hiss and boo Step Mum and the Ugly Sisters, sing along to some well-known hits, be appropriately wowed by the young backing dancers, fancy costumes and set changes and wonder where the heck they found some of the outrageous outfits the Ugly Sisters wear!
If you would like to read a review of the Roses Theatre Panto from a mummy of older children (ages 15, 11 & 6), check out Emma’s review at Emma & 3.
Need to know – Performances are taking place until Saturday 2nd January. Tickets are available from £11.50. More information can be found on the Roses Theatre website
Check out this article for other Christmas family events taking place in Gloucestershire
Disclosure – We were provided with complimentary tickets to attend Cinderella Panto at Roses Theatre however all opinions (and excitable child!) are as always our own.
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