As primary reporters for Wellow School, we were lucky enough to be invited to the spectacular pantomime ‘Dick Whittington’ at the Mayflower Theatre in 2018.
Butterflies were fluttering around our stomachs as we arrived and took our seats. The lights went down and we could hear the excitement of the audience as the talented, brilliant band began to play. With a sudden bang, a mysterious dark figure appeared on stage. This dramatic beginning gripped the whole audience; our throats were hoarse with booing and hissing. King Rat, with his threats to destroy London, was a villain we loved to hate!
The show was full of colourful characters. The sassy, Spirt of the Bells brought light relief from the scary – but terrific street dancing – rats.
Dick Whittington, played by Joe McElderry, had a singing voice like an angelic Prince Charming and a dazzling smile to match (we wondered what toothpaste he uses!) His acrobatic, inspirational, dancing cat wowed us with his skills! The chemistry between Dick and Alice was heart-warming.
Jack, played by Bobby Davro, was one of our favourite characters and the comedian of the stage. We loved his singing conversation which has us rolling in the aisles and we were even able to join in. His creative chocolate story gave a ‘Boost’ of laughter and caused a few ‘Snickers’ in the audience. It made us giggle to ‘Mars’ and back and even further into the ‘Galaxy’. What a ‘Smartie’ he was!
The panto costumes were a feast for the eyes – literally! Some performers were dancing as jammy dodgers and cupcakes. We would give the best costume award to Sarah the cook – We loved her emoji dress and our teacher admired her poo bag. We agree that Sarah was very sexy … when the lights went out!
The set was outstanding, 3D, colourful and incredibly realistic. We especially loved the massive, awesome bus which carried Dick Whittington. Our teacher blew kisses but it was us he waved to (don’t tell her!)
One of the children in our class – Erin– was a member of the cast, so was able to give us some insider information. She thoroughly enjoys being one of the dancers, learning the new routines and meeting the rest of the cast. She particularly loves the costumes she gets to wear- especially in the finale!
The show attracted celebrities, including Debbie McGee, who we were lucky enough to meet in the audience. She told us that the show was “fantastic” and that she “loved it”. This pantomime is a one of a kind, must see show; fun packed family entertainment for all ages (unless you’re scared of rats!)
Tickets are now available to purchase for this year’s Pantomime at the Mayflower – Peter Pan.
From Wellow School Primary Reporters – Tom, Xander, Eloise, Emily, Emme, Erin and Elsa