You know Christmas is upon you when the pantomimes start.
I've seen Jack and the Beanstalk with 3D effects.
You've got Dame May Trot, Jack, King Crumble, Princess Apricot, Daisy the cow and Fleshcreep as well as the good fairy. There are a chorus of dancers and the babes.
Everyone acts, dances and sings their hearts out. No wonder the actors lose weight and their voice by the end of the run. Each show feels like the first show each time and that must have some pressure for cast and crew alike.
Fleshcreep has a child catcher type of feel about him. I saw a lot of Richard O'Brians characteristics in his role. Little four year olds hide when he appears. Jack the hero keeps the audience right behind him throughout.
The 3D, I find the adults enjoy more than the children at times. Ducking and diving out of the way.
Pantomimes are a great way to see a live show when your little.
(A little boy told me it was like watching a DVD but not the same as their were people there. His words, though he was four years old.) He was heading home, the bad boy frightened him.
If you want an evening of laughs and forget your troubles then I highly recommend finding your nearest panto and enjoy it. You will leave with a smile on your face!
That's all from me
Wish you all a merry christmas and happy holidays.