Jan 5 2012 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
AUDIENCES lapped up a community pantomime in Harrow whose cast were made up of a host of local singers and actors.
The two-hour Beauty And The Beast show ran for 11 performances between Thursday, December 15, and Friday, December 23, at Elliot Hall in Harrow Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, Hatch End.
Open auditions were held in September and October to fill the main parts of the production, created by West End veterans at the centre’s resident drama group, Bearfoot Productions.
Musical theatre graduate Christina Maunders, 22, of Carmelite Road, Harrow Weald, who played Belle, said: “Everybody was fantastic and the audiences were great – they got involved with all the pantomime spirit.
“There were a few cuts we had to make to the show and a few problems that we coped with professionally, but in the end it was a very good production. There were a couple of standing ovations.
“The opening night was full of schoolchildren. They loved it – and were very loud.”
She added: “I’d definitely do it again as it was a great experience.”
The script of the show combined the highlights of the best-known Disney animated film version with more traditional pantomime elements and added a big dose of pop music and ensemble dance numbers.