Young stars shine in Lynchmere

The finale of the Lynchmere panto
The finale of the Lynchmere panto

Lynchmere has a wealth of theatrical talent and much of it gathered for the production of the Lynchmereans 64th pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, for four performances at the Hardman Hoyle Hall in Hammer.

This was the fourth Lynchmerean version of this panto, and was written by Frederick Tibbs, grandson of the president Michael Tibbs, who wrote the second version in 1982 and was involved in the third in 1999.

It’s a feature of the shows that young actors who are just chorus members or may have one line one year build on their experiences until they become a star of the cast a few years later.

This year the cast was one of the largest there has been for several years and included the Rev David Talks, the new vicar, as Dr Foster.

It was his first experience of treading the boards but he joined in with enthusiasm and, it seemed, like an old hand.

Because of the size of the cast there were extra characters who may not normally be seen in Jack and the Beanstalk, such as his brother and sister Jake and Jackie to add to the confusion, plus nursery rhyme characters such as Miss Muffet, Yankee Doodle, Bo Peep and her sheep, Boy Blue and Old Macdonald.

The enormous giant was played by Christopher Tibbs with Sarah Garrett on his shoulders.

Apart from the talent on stage, the backstage team ensured excellent sets and costumes. A sewing circle works hard at the latter from when rehearsals start in early September.

The pantomime aims to be a happy village show involving those who live in the village for the entertainment of friends and neighbours and people from the surrounding area.

The final act of the pantomime is at St Peter’s Church, Lynchmere, on Sunday at a thanksgiving service at 9.30am.

The cast will take part, giving the chance to hear some of the songs again.

Review by Judith Turner