I didn’t book panto tickets this year, thinking that Miss A wouldn’t want to go. When she asked me last week if we could go to the panto this year I was surprised. Her next sentence summed everything up clearly. Her idol Dani Harmer (Tracy Beaker) is playing Cinderella in panto close to us this year. Miss A has loved watching Tracy Beaker on TV for many years, and has since gotten into Jacqueline Wilson books in a big way. I am so glad she has written over 100 books as Miss A’s love of reading is growing by the week it seems.
I promised her I would check out the ticket availability but to be honest I thought it would be a little late by now to book. I will admit to forgetting, but Miss A’s persistence the following day told me just how much she wanted to go and see Dani Harmer in particular. I checked out the ticket sales for the weekend and whether it was luck or fate, I don’t know, but there were three tickets sitting waiting to be sold on the third row back close to the stage. It was meant to be wasn’t it! I was more than happy that the panto was Cinderella this year, especially as it would bring back memories of dining with Cinderella in Disney World.
We’ve been to the Bournemouth Pavilion plenty of times to watch the panto, and we have sat near the front, up in the stall, and also in the middle of the theatre. I quite like sitting to the side near the front as it gives you a sneaky look into the wings when you are watching the character waiting to come on. I don’t think the view is restricted at all.
Miss A was very excited and we arrived to take our seats. With not many people in front of us she was able to see everything. I enjoy panto and was looking forward to the show despite hearing that it may not be such a great performance. I know Miss A was there for Dani and Dani only, but it was worth it to see the look on her face. We even had to listen to Tracy Beaker audio book on the way down in the car.
After devouring the souvenir program before the panto started, Miss A knew the order of the cast coming out on the stage so she waited patiently for Dani to arrive. To say she was star struck was an understatement and her face was a picture when she first came out on stage.
Did we enjoy the show? We all really did. There was so much humour and the actors were just brilliant and making the audience laugh. I didn’t even mind getting wet from the super soakers the Ugly Sisters had out.
Obviously for Miss A Dani was the star of the show, but for me it was Dandini and Daisy one of the Ugly Sisters. They were both so funny and for a moment I kept thinking Dandini had forgotten his lines, but I don’t think he had he was just getting caught up in the humour on stage. The cast really did seem to be getting on well as a team and that really came across to me in the audience. I haven’t laughed so much for a little while in a short space of time.
It was well worth the money, both for the show and for Miss A to get up close and personal with her idol.