If you’re looking for an evening of family fun, then this panto is just right.
Jarrow Musical Theatre Company’s festive offering is Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
The chucklesome show is a real testament to the group’s love for making people laugh.
The show follows Ma Barnaby (Lawrence Clark) and her children Barney (Jill Reay) and Goldilocks (Frances Wood) whose circus is threatened when bad guy Baron Von Trappem (Grayson Wood) steals the animals to populate his zoo.
But with the help of Antonio (Daniel Gibson), Goldilocks recruits a family of dancing bears, played by Helen Bell, Neil Hindson and young Mia Thompson, to save the day.
The show is cheerful and heartfelt and has all those much-loved panto moments, like booing the baddie, shouting ‘he’s behind you’ and ‘oh, yes we did’, and of course, the all-important happy ending.
These actors aren’t paid professionals, they do it purely for the love of performing, and that really shines through – they had just as much fun on stage as we did in the audience.
The set and costumes are bright and colourful and the use of strobe lighting in a chase scene adds that extra drama.
Goldilocks and Antonio’s duet of Frozen track Love Is An Open Door was wonderful and songs like Bad, Rhythm of the Night, At The Hop and Cheerleader had everyone tapping their toes.
The performers were backed up by adorable dancers from Jarrow Dance and Performance Academy, and little Mia Thompson also showed off some impressive tap dancing moves in her role of Baby Bear.
Fitting in rehearsals after work and school, the actors have put together a charming and cheerful show with a real community feeling.
You could spot regular attendees in the crowd, who were clearly delighted to be sat once again watching the troupe do their thing.
The show ended with a Jingle Bells sing-off, pitting the audience against each other, and a big full-cast performance.
While it may be missing that big budget that some other pantos in the region have, it’s got a lot of heart.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears runs at Jarrow Community Centre until Saturday, December 6. To book, call 0191 417 3888.