This pantomime was an adaptation by David Henty of The Christmas Pantomime written by Kim Williamson. For SHADES’ first ever pantomime, this was an enormous success. The audience loved the characters, the slapstick and the witty simple pantomime humour. The Story of Natas, a nasty man trying to stop a local drama group from staging their Nativity Play, was well enjoyed. A strong cast contained local Councillor Rob Cooke, Sally Marchant (drama teacher at William Parker Sports College) and Tom Watling, a dancer with West End Experience. SHADES Theatre Company was pleased to have the support in the show of DanceMoves School of Dancing and Performing Arts, from Bexhill-on-sea, who brought extra vitality and visual enhancement to the show with their accomplished dancing (notably their Cats number) and colourful costumes. Also supporting were Open Door Entertainers from MENCAP, who were a joy to watch, with their enthusiasm and uninhibited involvement in their acting, singing and dancing of Footloose.
The Hastings Mayor, Kim Forward and local MP, Amber Rudd, both attended the matinee and enjoyed the performance. Amber Rudd wrote
“A fantastic show. It managed to be entertaining while promoting a serious message, which is an achievement. I was impressed by the enormous number of different ages and abilities that participated. My enjoyment was particularly enhanced by sitting behind the Rainbows who loved every minute and joyfully howled replies when invited to.”
Those who were unable to attend missed a thoroughly entertaining curtain raiser to Advent and preparation for the coming of the Lord Jesus.
Some photographs and video clips can be viewed on the Gallery Page.
A DVD by Howard White is available should anyone wish to see the show. Contact David Henty on 440076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .