Beauty and the Beast is the 2009/10 pantomime for Loughborough Town Hall.
This page will be updated with backstage news and insider gossip from both Imagine and the venue. Keep checking back for updates!
You can find lots more photos about the panto on our Beauty and the Beast Facebook photo album.
Loughborough Echo Review
11th December 2009
Read the review on the Loughborough Echo website, or see below!
"THIS years Loughborough Town Hall pantomime Beauty And The Beast is an absolutely stunning production.
Oh no its not!
Oh yes it is!
The full-on festive fun doesn't stop from start to finish, and is guaranteed to delight and enthrall audiences both young and old.
The show, set in the quaint village of Mincing-on-the-Verge, is led from the front by director Neil Bull, who plays the madcap Willy Doo-It, the sidekick to Dame Dorothy Doo-It, who is ably played by fellow Loughborough stalwart Martin Ballard.
And every year the twosomes good clean fun gets slicker and slicker - this year no doubt thanks to some of the domestic ninja Dame's buckets of suds which help to make this year's show one of the messiest yet.
However the greatest compliment to this year's production is that the pair, as fantastic as they are, fail to steal the show - even when they drag an audience member out to join in the frolics.
Because every character here is worthy of high praise - such as the spellbinding Enchantress Victoria Oates and Beauty's bumbling father Pablo Raybould.
Particular plaudits must go to the strong vocal performances given by Beauty, played by Katie Lavelli and howling Beast, Wesley Hughes.
And the comic brilliance of baddie team Eugene (swoon), played by James Nelson, and his servent Pimple, played by Ste Johnston, give the Dame and her Willy a run for their money.
Added to this, the youngsters routines are performed beautifully, and the production itself with its poptastic score, such as the giant skeleton number, are flawless.
Every year the annual Loughborough panto gets better and better - for a smaller venue competiting with neaerby cities such as Leicester, Nottingham and Derby the quality of this show is unbelievable.
Beauty And The Beast, which runs at Loughborough Town Hall until January 10, really deserves to clean up this year."
1st December 2009
The panto is open!
28th November 2009
And even though we say so ourselves, it's a cracker! BIG thanks to all the team who have worked so hard to get the show on - have a great run!! xx
Martin Ballard's Dames Diary....
24th November 2009
.... is up and running for 2009! Read it in the BBC Leicester website.
Hayley's panto log
18th November 2009
Hayley, who worked in the Imagine offices during the build up to panto 2009, has now moved on to be chaperone and rehearsal ASM on Beauty and the Beast, Loughborough.
As well as being a top girl, she's amazing fun, so we decided to set her a challenge of sending us a log of her time in Loughborough, with the promise of her own photo album and log of events on Facebook!
The first couple of photos came through today, and we'll keep updating the log as and when she sends photos through!
The panto is in rehearsal
16th November 2009
All the cast have arrived at the theatre, and rehearsals for this year's panto are now underway! We're hoping to get photos through soon - when we do we'll upload them and share them with you!
Much planning taking place!
30th October 2009
With only two weeks to go until rehearsal commence, there's alot of work taking place to plan for the show.
Neil (director and playing Willy Do-it) has been in to talk music with Steve. All the music is now sorted and so they were just listening to the tracks and planning it all into the show.
And the Imagine and Town Hall technical teams have been with our special effects maker, looking at the special effects for the show. We're not giving much away, but here's a quick look at the build that's going on and one of the set pieces we've had made, so you get a taster of the style of this year's show...
The panto launch
7th September 2009
We thought you might like a sneaky peak behind the scenes at the Loughborough Town Hall panto launch?! These aren't the official photos, but we sent our mole, Steve, behind the scenes with his camera to get some early shots to share with you all. The official photos will be out in due course but here's some to be going on with!
The panto babes are cast!
6th September 2009
Today saw the casting of the panto babes, and we had a great turn out and a fantastic standard! The auditioning panel was Neil Bull (Director and playing Willy Doo-it), Katie Gavin (Choreographer), Sarah Boden (Imagine) and Hayley McCarthy (panto chaperone).
After much deliberating, we eventually chose three teams of 8 babes with a group of reserves. well done to all who auditioned - we wish we could have taken you all!
The panto is cast!
4th September 2009
We are delighted to announce the cast of Beauty and the Beast at Loughborough Town Hall.
Neil and Martin have their photo shoot!
19th July 2009
Neil and Martin are back - so they got themselves into costume and had a bit of fun taking some photos!
Neil and Martin are back!!!
8th June 2009
We are delighted to annouce that Neil Bull and Martin Ballard are back for Beauty and the Beast at the Town Hall
We can't wait to work with you both again this year!! xxx