On 7 and 8 February St Vincent’s Panto Players gave three performances of their pantomime Sleeping Beauty, at St Vincent’s Church, Crookes, Sheffield.
Whilst the script paid some attention to the traditional fairy tale, it was not exactly the Disney version. It did feature a princess, good and bad fairies, a spinning-wheel, and falling asleep (… though was that the princess or members of the audience?) However, it also featured Doctor Who, a Dalek, Woody and Bo-Peep from Toy Story, and the Hairy Bikers. Of course, St Vincent’s pantomime traditions were respected, so we had a visit to Crookes Market, the garden creatures sang a song, an audience member received a custard pie and Shergar the wonder horse helped win the day. Moreover, numerous sewing-related puns were “woven” into the dialogue.
The ‘Charlie Gardiner Award’ for loyal service to the pantomime, created in honour of a former parish priest, went this year to David Beech. For the past 25 years David has looked after the door, the raffle and the money.
This was the thirty-first St Vincent’s pantomime. It is a great social occasion, bringing the parish together, allowing some parishioners to display their hidden talents and raising money for charity. Just over £1700 was raised this year, which will be split between the St Justin Society (the group in the parish that supports individuals and projects in developing countries) and the St Wilfrid’s Centre.