Peterhead cast put on a show full of beans

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CAST members of Peterhead Pantomime Group put all their effort into dress rehearsals to make sure their audiences last week were given a panto to remember.

The group put in extra hours and battled in against the elements to get themselves up to scratch - practising their lines and musical numbers which certainly impressed locals.

The pantomime this year was the enchanting tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, written by Daniel Bell.

Dame Trott and her sons Jack and Steve are threatened with eviction if they don’t pay the rent. Meanwhile Jack has fallen in love with Princess Jill. The land is terrorised by Giant Blunderbore and his henchman Fleshcreep.

When the Princess is kidnapped by Fleshcreep, King Cactus looks for someone to rescue his daughter - Jack is given the chance of climbing the beanstalk to Cloudland, defeating the Giant and rescuing the Princess.

The show-stopping performances from all of the principal cast members created a memorable evening for all who attended.

With musical numbers to get you on your feet and one-liners to put you in stitches, Dame Trott, played by Paul Stevenson, stole the show with her witty flair and flamboyant costumes.

As always, members told the famous “gags” here and there about local life in Peterhead, and the Buchanie was privileged to get a mention itself!

Jack (Emily Sim) and Jill (Vikki Davidson) got the audience’s hearts bubbling as they sang a romantic rendition of Michael Buble’s Everything, and young singer Courtney Murphy who was part of the chorus sang a beautiful version of Beyonce’s Halo.

The show also featured numbers from Miley Cyrus, Take That, Bjork, Lady Gaga and Glee, and not to mention a visit from the big man himself, Mr Simon Cowell played by Jake Beagrie.

The whole cast took to the stage for the finale and sang Elton John’s Step into Christmas, which left the audience feeling festive with beaming smiles on their faces.

Show director Carol Forman was over the moon with the effort the whole group put in for this year’s Christmas pantomime.

“Although the snow did put a spanner in the works everything worked out in the end,” she told the Buchanie. “I was really pleased with the effort everyone put in, the chorus were really good and the principals shone.

“We had a few little moments here and there which is expected but apart from that everything ran smoothly. Luckily all of the cast members made it in and I am sure everyone is looking forward to next year’s show already.”

Carla Duthie