Director - Jill Jarman
Musical Director - Ian Futers
Choreographer - Kelly Woods
27th December 2008 - 3rd Jan 2009
at Dereham Memorial Hall
"There was more than a little irony that Dereham's annual panto opened as the town's Woolworths store was shutting down.
In their own way both have become institutions - and both seem to have always been there.
But while Woolies has paid the price for perhaps being too predictable and not moving with the times, the well worn and yet well loved formula is exactly what keeps panto so popular.
A very healthy opening day audience lapped up the corny old jokes and witty one-liners, courtesy of Dereham Operatic Society.
The youngsters - and not so young-sters - loved shouting at the entertaining-as-ever dame Nurse Dottie Dettol (Tony Wilds) and at the enthusiastic and energetic Muddles (Gareth Evans).
The boos and hisses at the Bad Witch Hazel (Emma Gall) had the same gusto as there would have been in the early days of panto. And of course the kids delighted in yelling "oh no he isn't" at every opportunity and going on to the stage to join in the traditional end of show song. Sleeping Beauty followed the story we all know so well, with a few clever adaptations and the role of Princess Rose was shared by Rachael Bird and Carmel Hannant to reflect her at two different ages - both gave sparkling performances.
In such a changing world with so many rivals in the entertainment world, panto really shouldn't succeed.
But thankfully DOS has again proved that it is alive and kicking."