Whitwell: Audience howled with laughter at family pantomime

The cast for Whitwell Players latest production 'Camelot the Panto'
The cast for Whitwell Players latest production 'Camelot the Panto'

Magic spells and dancing teddy bears wowed during the Whitwell Players’ production of ‘Camelot’ at the Whitwell Community Centre.

The show told the story of a medieval kingdom under threat as glamorous villain Morgan Le Fey, portrayed by Lauren Greenhalgh, plots to rob King Uther, played by Luke Fletcher, of his throne and doom the future of Camelot.

She plans to do this by stopping the wedding of young Prince Arthur and the beautiful Princess Guinevere, played by Brandon Thomas and Tayla Davie.

Princess Guinevere is kidnapped and it’s up to Prince Arthur and the gang to retrieve her and stop Morgan Le Fey’s evil plan.

Meanwhile, the wizard Merlin, played by Tom Munro, is on a quest to create a potion that will grant him eternal youth- but gets more then he bargained for when he turns back into an eight-year-old Merlin, played by the adorable Harrison Reynolds.

Nic Pelham was brilliant as Laughalot, the timid court jester who asks the audience to shout, “Be bold! Be brave!” as he battles his way through the Dark Forest to help find Guinevere.

On his way through the forest, he stops off at the Haunted Hotel with Dame Connie Clatterbottom, brilliantly played by Tom Wood, where hilarity ensues as they are chased off by a naughty ghost and a talking clock.

It was co-villain Valerin The Vicious, portrayed by Luke Neeve, who stole the show- the audience howled with laughter as he pranced around the stage to Cher’s “It’s in his Kiss” in medieval garb and bright green tights in the hope of winning Princess Guinevere’s heart.

The pantomime featured brilliant choreography and a great selection of songs from Queen and Spamalot, along with a climatic love medley from Moulin Rouge featuring the whole cast.

The talent and enthusiasm from the group really shone through and it was a night to remember- thoroughly enjoyed by both children and adults alike.

By Sophie Wills