Panto treatment

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GOLDILOCKS And The Three Bears gets the panto treatment when The Panto Company bring their version to Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre on Easter Saturday (April 23) for a 2pm performance.

Stuart Dixon, who is artistic director and also company manager on the Goldilocks tour, promised Goldilocks with all the panto elements.

Life is peaceful in the enchanted forest where world-famous circus performers Daddy Bear and Mummy Bear have retired from show business to a small cottage where they raise their energetic son Baby Bear.

Their unexpected guest, Goldilocks, becomes Baby Bear’s best friend but can she help the bears save their cottage from her wicked stepmother Baroness Sneer and protect Baby Bear’s fur?

“We looked again at the original story and then looked at how it could be fitted into a panto,” Stuart said.

“We needed a panto baddie so we have got the wicked Baroness who is Goldilocks’ stepmother. It’s her aim to try to get hold of Baby Bear to shave off his fur to make a new coat for herself.”

The show also takes in a comedy sidekick called Velcro: “The name Buttons was taken,” Stuart explains. “It’s his job to narrate the story and really take care of the audience participation side of it all.”

Stuart added: “The Panto Company was originally set up in 99 and has been producing children’s theatre since then. We do theatre shows and we also do entertainment in holiday parks. We also to a lot of work for the early years.

“Our main productions when we started were pantos and we have since diversified.”

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