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Landseer players hit big time

PUBLISHED: 13:14 15 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:21 03 March 2010

Cinderella, by the Landseer Players, at Suffolk College until tomorrow.

 

AFTER 22 years of productions, have the Landseer Players finally found a venue that's large enough for their talents?

February half-terms have been brightened by this group's productions for more than two decades now, and they are now able to treat a big audience to their delights.

Cinderella, by the Landseer Players, at Suffolk College until tomorrow.

 

AFTER 22 years of productions, have the Landseer Players finally found a venue that's large enough for their talents?

February half-terms have been brightened by this group's productions for more than two decades now, and they are now able to treat a big audience to their delights.

The latest production to come out of the James Hayward/Lynne Mortimer pantomime factory is up to the usual high standard we have come to expect.

This year they've enlisted the help of the rest of their family writing the production - and the gags come thick and fast.

The cast will be familiar to those who have followed the Landseer Players over the years with all the old faithfuls keeping us in stitches throughout the evening.

It's a traditional panto done in the traditional way, but with jokes that are bang up to date.

Neville Woolnough does his best to steal the show as Buttons, but Ron Markwell and Keith Starling as the two ugly sisters also keep the audience falling about.

Justine Annis is a delightful Cinderella and Samantha Horsfield makes a fine Prince Charming.

The singers and dancers in this group seem to get better every year - and special mention must go to Ruth Hayward, taking a few minutes out of her role as Dandini, who led a fine production of "All That Jazz".

And one keen Westlife fan I know struggled hard to avoid laughing at the panto's own supergroup "Pondlife" who brought the biggest round of applause of the evening!

At the Suffolk College theatre, there are enough seats to meet demand - there are still a few available for tonight's and tomorrow night's performances.

I'm sure they will go quickly - this is one amateur show that's a treat for all the family.

A great delight for many people who go along is that they know members of the cast and can enjoy seeing them on stage.

For that reason I was delighted to see the co-writer of the show don her fairy outfit and make a rare appearance on the stage - it's a vision that will stick in my mind for many a year!

Paul Geater.

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