Christmas may be over but the panto season is still in full swing.
Seaford Musical Theatre is performing Beauty and the Beast at the Barn Theatre. It may not have the lavish sets of a professional production but it makes up for it with the excellent singing voices,choreography, colourful costumes and a great family show.
There is a lot of audience participation and the kids loved every minute,and so did I. Kate Horscraft makes a delightful Belle and her love interest Prince Danton is well played by Shana Edwards.
What makes or breaks Beauty and the Beast is the casting of the Beast and Seaford Musical Theatre got it absolutely right. David Foster looks and sounds magnificent and you have immediate empathy with him.
The good and the bad fairies are excellent foils for each other and Belladonna (Sue James) is really wicked. I understand Jenny Humphries stepped in at two weeks’ notice to play Flora the good fairy but you would never have known.
The whole cast is good but others who stand out are Julie Terry as the new man about town who loves himself and society Chairman Shar Turnbull as the beauty salon manager who has based herself on Catherine Tate’s favourite character. It was a good idea to give Belle two ugly sisters who were well played by Sarah Eaton and Angie Wright. Steve Llewellyn was a great dame. It is amateur companies like this that keeps pantomime alive.