REVIEW: Mansfield Hospital’s Theatre Troupe wow in this year's panto

Sarah Clark as Cinderella - pic by Neil A Birzulis
Sarah Clark as Cinderella - pic by Neil A Birzulis

Everyone loves a panto and this year's production of Cinderella was certainly a perfect fit.

Visit the Palace, the Mansfield one that is, for the beautiful yet rib-tickling performance by Mansfield Hospital’s Theatre Troupe’s; in their renowned yearly pantomime.

The Kitchen Scene - pic by Neil A Birzulis

The Kitchen Scene - pic by Neil A Birzulis

As usual, the cast dazzles the audiences with the classic tale of rags to riches, and it is all for charity.

Directed by Chris Evans, for his third show, the Troupe brought a smile to everyone’s faces.

Watch as the cast follow the story of Cinderella and her friends as they try to save Hard-up, her family home.

Hang onto your seats and see if Cinderella will get her happy ending.

'Ugly' step sisters - Trevor Brownley and Martin Killick - pic by Neil A Birzulis

'Ugly' step sisters - Trevor Brownley and Martin Killick - pic by Neil A Birzulis

It was certainly a foot-tapping performance filled with classic musical songs like One Night Only from the 1981 Broadway musical Dreamgirls - and a little splash of Bruno Mars for the mum’s in the audience.

The top-quality acting and vocals made it difficult to believe that you are watching amateur performers.

Buttons, the page boy, played by Adam Brownley, won the hearts of the children in the audience as the lovable friend of Cinderella, played by Sarah Clark.

Children did also squeal with delight when he threw sweets into the crowd.

Pic by Neil A Birzulis

Pic by Neil A Birzulis

The ugly (fabulous) step-sisters Grizelda (Trevor Brownley) and Gertrude (Martin Killick), had the audiences splitting their sides with laughter with their quick one-liners and great interaction with the audience.

Not to mention thinking fast on their feet when Gertrude, played by Martin Killick, took a ‘trip’ down the stairs.

Keep an eye out for the duos Madonna-esque squinnied outfits, they’re a real eye catcher.

Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother (Alice Matthewson) dazzled in the transformation scene as Cinderella’s rags turned into a snow white dress.

The Hunt Scene -  pic by Neil A Birzulis

The Hunt Scene - pic by Neil A Birzulis

The dance routines were choreographed by Happy Feet Dance Studio and a special mention must go to Luca Ravasio, who played the cutest fox in all the land in the hunt scene.

Mansfield Hospitals Theatre Troupe has been putting on a pantomime at The Palace Theatre in Mansfield every year since 1980, with all profits being donated to local charities and good causes.

In that time we have given away over £120,000 to such worthy causes as Framework, Kings Mill Hospital, Spectrum WASP, Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes, Jigsaw, Riding for the Disabled, 5th Mansfield Sea Scouts and many, many others.

For tickets contact the box office on 01623 633133 or visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre

Dandini (Sharna Mason)and Price Charming (Leanne Aram). - pic by Neil A Birzulis

Dandini (Sharna Mason)and Price Charming (Leanne Aram). - pic by Neil A Birzulis