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Boos and hisses achievement for Oz

PUBLISHED: 16:07 23 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:19 23 August 2010

A CLUTCH of TV stars, an over-the-top baddie and cries of Oh no he didn t and It s behind you! could only mean one thing - pantomime has come to town. Performing an adaptation of the classic tale The Wizard of Oz, an impressive cast including local girl L

A CLUTCH of TV stars, an over-the-top baddie and cries of Oh no he didn't and It's behind you! could only mean one thing - pantomime has come to town.

Performing an adaptation of the classic tale The Wizard of Oz, an impressive cast including local girl Laura Hamilton, now the face of kids TV channel Nickelodeon, David Spinx, formerly of Eastenders and TV presenter Gabrielle Bradshaw lit up the Woodville Halls.

The show has all the classic pantomime elements, with the wise-cracking scarecrow, perfectly played by TV presenter Alistair Divall, producing a string of innuendo laden jokes to keep the parents as amused as the youngsters.

Terrible weather may have kept much of a sold-out audience away, but that didn't stop the cast getting the crowd going, with various asides dropped in to encourage audience participation and build atmosphere.

The traditional story-line was kept to on the whole, with only the occasional random cameo from Mr Bean a complete break from the Lyman Frank Baum's story.

Musical numbers were sprinkled into almost every scene, show-casing Miss Hamilton's impressive voice, as well as that of Kate Richards, the Good Witch and bringing out the best from the Lisa Jayn Dancers.

A pantomime sinks or swims on the strength of its villain and Gabrielle Bradshaw pulled off the role admirably.

Despite not possessing the strongest singing voice she threw herself into the role with relish and if a sign of success is the amount of boos and hisses she drew, then she should be very pleased with her night's work.

Overall, this pantomime has all the ingredients for an excellent family outing, with something for children and adults alike.

Ashley, three, said "It was very good."

Tickets cost from £14.50 adults, children from £9 and the show runs until January 3.

Call 01474 33 7774 to reserve your seats.

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