Pantomime entertains the crowd

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Luke Gloede as James Bong and Mark Moscarda as Pea.
Camera IconLuke Gloede as James Bong and Mark Moscarda as Pea. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

While not quite a full house, the opening night of Bridgetown Repertory Theatre’s pantomime drew plenty of local attention on Friday.

Sarah Macknight as the Fairy Godmother.
Camera IconSarah Macknight as the Fairy Godmother. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

This year’s production was titled Trouble 07: Licensed to Panto, a modern spin on the traditional pantomime, combining a James Bond assignment with a traditional English pantomime.

Brian Baker as Lily the Dame.
Camera IconBrian Baker as Lily the Dame. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

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Director Christine Chilvers said she was pleased with the opening night’s show.

“I was a little bit worried because the jokes are very English,” she said.

“The crowd was great, lots of feedback and I think everyone enjoyed it.

“I’m thrilled, I’m pleased that we had such a good audience and despite everything, despite COVID, despite all the bad things in the year, it’s going to end on a high note.”

Rita Twigg as Tom Cat.
Camera IconRita Twigg as Tom Cat. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

After the show, younger performers eagerly signed autographs for audience members.

Luke Gloede and Julie Leggett as Fussy the Cat.
Camera IconLuke Gloede and Julie Leggett as Fussy the Cat. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Rita Twigg played the part of Tom Cat and praised the audience.

“It was a great audience, plenty of heckling and interaction,” she said.

Wayne Paget-Steadman as the courier.
Camera IconWayne Paget-Steadman as the courier. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

The show runs until December 13 and tickets are still available for the December 11, 12 and 13 shows.

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