This year’s pantomime offering from Carnoustie Theatre Club was another rip-roaring affair of comedy, music and family fun.
‘Once Upon A Time’ by Paul Barron and Sarah Dyson, which runs until tomorrow (Saturday) at Carnoustie High School theatre, sees the villains of Pantoland team up to stop an ancient prophecy which would see them banished.
In his first principal role Lewis Thoms gets into the true thigh-slapping spirit of panto and his comic timing is spot on as Prince Marvellous.
Princess Lottie was given great voice by Abbey Adams, especially in numbers like ‘When Will My Life Begin’ from Disney’s ‘Tangled’.
Reprising his role as the most outrageous of dames, John McSkimming plays Gertie the Cook, and her sizzling love-hate relationship with Jack (Mike Burns) has some of the best lines. Nik and Nak, (George and Audrey Docherty) the hapless helpers to Princess Lottie brought buckets of slapstick.
The evil Evelyn (Kim Samson) was on devilish form as leader of the NITWITS (Nastily Immoral Terribly Wicked Indescribably Troublesome Society), and her minions were most entertainingly rotten as they disrupted the wedding of Lottie and Marvellous.
It was fun to see what could have become of fairytale heroines Cinderella (Muriel Gordon) and Snow White (Eve Swinley) as the pair bicker entertainingly over who had the best back story. Their hen-pecked other halves (Andy Gilbride and Jerry Swinley) were a hoot, in particular their drunken tongue-twisting antics.
Choreography was a significant part of the show and there were several dance interludes created by Fiona Forbes, Abbey Adams, Eilidh Forbes, Susan Crabb and Kim Brymer and performed by dancers Rebecca Howlett, Kate Samson, Anna Forbes, Jasmin Jules-Andrews and Jennifer Pullar together with the young company.
The wardrobe department should be commended on the dozens of inventive costumes they produced, an increasingly bizarre selection of which were sported by the dame. The stage crew did a fine job creating the artistic backdrops, including an underwater scene, and there was some flashy lighting used to great effect.
Co-producers Vicki Chalmers and Carolyn Cheape, musical director Joanna Fitzgerald, panto manager June Riddoch and the rest of the team have once again crafted a first-class family show.