Brockenhurst Players’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ never failed to deliver

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ by the Brockenhurst Players

BROCKENHURST Players staged another spectacular panto, Beauty & the Beast, which never failed to deliver on one-liners and slapstick humour.

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Four shows in the village hall featured favourites such as the audience participation song (with obligatory sweet-throwing), panto horse (Dobbin), and well-rehearsed and choreographed dance routines.

They wowed the audience from the very opening number to the toe-tapping finale song taken from The Greatest Showman.

The group has raised the bar over the past few years and this show did not disappoint, with a high standard of vibrant, professional-standard costumes and polished lines.

These were well delivered by Lauren Holmes who made a superb Beauty. Steve Parry played the loyal father Claude Bottom, ably supported by Claire Bartlett as the humorous sister Smelly Bottom.

The good and the bad came together in the form of the Beast transitioning from a dark, lonely form to the handsome Prince of the Castle, played convincingly by Anthea Merchant.

The Players perform an annual panto and are seeking enthusiastic adults to join their team, both behind the scenes and onstage members. To find out more, please contact Trish Chaffey on 07961 766126.

S.P.

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