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@ Sheringham Community Paper - Issue 132 - 1 December 2011

Paws, Claws and a Delicious Dame - Cool cats, crazy cooks and plenty of panto fun!

Sheringham Little Theatre’s pantomime Dick Whittington  2011Sheringham Little Theatre’s pantomime Dick Whittington explodes on to the stage on Wednesday, December 7 in a burst of song, dance and colourful costumes.

Running through the festive season, until Monday, January 2, the production promises to be a delight for all the family.

This year Sheringham Little Theatre’s popular pantomime is being supported by the acclaimed Lyric, in Hammersmith.

Up and coming young actor, Nathan Bryon, from London, who has written for the Bush Theatre in London, as well as for the BBC’s EastEnders spin off E20, is playing role of The Cat, and looks set to give a fabulous performance as the street-wise feline with attitude!

“It is so much fun playing The Cat. There are loads of jokes and I even get to sing!” he said. “I’m really enjoying rehearsing and spending time in Sheringham.”

Following his highly acclaimed performance as Widow Twanky in Aladdin last year, the marvellous Russel Hicken will be returning to the Little Theatre. Once again he’ll be donning a gown to give a sparkling performance as the panto dame - this year in the shape of Sarah the Cook.

Russel said: “I’m having a whale of a time. Sarah is a great character – and she is looking for love so all the men in the audience had better watch out!”

Aaron White also returns to Sheringham, in the role of Dick. As he “turns again” to become Lord Mayor of London, he will be joined by talented newcomer, Suzanna Kempne, as Alice, and accomplished actors Jonathan Metcalf and David Davies, who play King Rat and Fitzwarren.

Jonathan, who is staying in Sheringham for the very first time as he rehearses for the show, said: “I have played villains before but never King Rat. It is wonderful – he has no redeeming features at all!”

Over the summer, auditions were held at the theatre to find two teams of young people to play a variety of parts including Londoners, the ship’s crew and island guards – as well as an army of rats!

Dan Herd, assistant director at The Lyric, is a consultant to Simon Thompson, who is making his debut as a pantomime director. Simon, a drama and media tutor, at Paston Sixth Form College, has directed rep plays as part of the Sheringham Summer Seasons, as well as large scale community productions. Paston College, who support the production, have kindly granted him time off.

Current Paston student, Georgia Goodson, has been cast in the role of Scaramouche, King Rat’s sidekick and ex-Paston student, Daniel Elliot, will be making his debut as pantomime choreographer.

Debbie said: “It is very exciting watching it all come together and seeing how well The Lyric and Paston College have been working with Sheringham Little Theatre. Our director Simon said it was amazing how quickly everyone started working as a team.

“It is lovely to have Russel back - he is already making quite an impression in Sheringham! - and we are really enjoying Nathan. It is great to be able to give a young actor like him opportunity to learn the ropes.”

And she added: “Ticket sales are already up on last year and we are all looking forward to a really successful panto.”

*Dick Whittington runs at Sheringham Little Theatre from Wednesday, December 7 to Monday, January 2. For more information or for tickets call 01263 822347