The Wizard of Oz, The Pavilion Theatre, Worthing.
A good panto manages to amuse all ages, and The Wizard of Oz at the Pavilion in Worthing managed just that.
From toddlers to grandparents, everyone around us seemed to thoroughly enjoy the performance, and my own family was no exception.
My five-year-old daughter loved every minute of it, especially the appearances by the youngest dancers involved in the show, and my three-year-old son watched his first ever pantomime wide-eyed, and raved about it all the way home in the car and for days afterwards.
The large cast worked well together and featured some very strong performances, my personal favourites being the Scarecrow and the Wicked Witch of the West, although I also loved Dorothy who had an amazingly big voice for such a small frame. The Lion and Tin Man were hugely enjoyable to watrchm as well as of course, Kevin Tillett as the panto dame Belle, the Good Witch of the South.
The dance routines were great (my husband seemed particularly keen on the showgirl outfits for some reason…) with music provided by the band hidden beneath the stage.
The only member of the cast who didn’t impress was guest star Mario Falcone (The Wizard) who showed a definite lack of charisma.
That didn’t mar the show for us though – both my children are already begging us to go and see Beauty and the Beast at the venue next Christmas!
The Wizard of Oz runs at The Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, until January 6. For more information visit www.worthingtheatres.co.uk/pantos2012 or phone the box office on 01903 206 206.