By Alison Aston
Photos by : Veronika Zolotoverkha
What a treat it was to see the Centre Stage pantomime, Scrooge, in the Buccleuch Centre last week.
There was an abundance of talent but special mention should be made of the principal characters.
Josh Calvert was splendid in the role of Scrooge. Seth Brown as Frederic and Rae Graham as Polly Carrot were delightful and the duo of Sam and Ella played by Ashleigh Calvert and Maya Crossan were mischievous and funny.
The characters played by
Simon Richardson (Bob Cratchit), Katrina Kenny (Mrs Cratchit) and John Innes (Chief Instructor) were good too. The appearance on stage of the props lady, Elaine Cavers, and the stage manager, Christine Calvert, just showed how everyone pulled together to ensure the success of the show.
The ghosts – Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future – were excellently played by Hazel Jeffrey, Hannah Jeffrey, Jane Edmond and Lewis MacKenzie.
But the jewel in the crown must undoubtedly be rewarded to Les Murray for his portrayal of Nora Carrot. The pantomime dame is traditionally a special mix of humour and pathos and Les, as always, went just that little bit further in his role.
It was great to see such energy and enthusiasm from the young, and not so young, and there’s no doubt that the future of live theatre in Langholm is secured for a long time to come.
Scrooge The Pantomime! was directed by Judith Johnson, Beth Smith and John Innes.
For more photos and a review, see page 8, 9 and 10 of this week’s E&L