Sleeping Beauty The Panto

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For my birthday I booked tickets to go and see Sleeping Beauty at the Sunderland Empire with my family and friends – yes for my 27th Birthday. In my opinion, Sunderland always does the best pantomime in the region so I was pretty excited.

I was however sensible and took my own wand with me because I think the novelties on sale are an absolute rip off! God knows how parents take numerous kids and manage to afford the tickets, the refreshments and the toys!

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This year the panto was full of celebrities, but the one I was most looking forward to was Faye Tozer from Steps. When I was little I ALWAYS wanted to go and see Steps but wasn’t allowed and instead had to go and see Boyzone because that was my Mam and Sister’s option. So when she did a Step’s medley my day was literally made!!

Vicky Entwistle was the highlight in my opinion though; although I didn’t realise it was Janice Battersby from the knicker factory in Coronation Street! She literally gave it her all and was in a different category to everybody else! Andrew Agnew from Balamory was another great addition to the cast I feel like he genuinely loves kids and cares about them having a good time which is so rare to witness these days! Bobby Crush as Nurse Nelly was also great although I must admit I didn’t know who he was so didn’t get the piano playing until my Mam explained it to me.

The only thing I was disappointed in throughout the panto was the music. The live band seemed to be lacking something and I knew hardly none of the songs. Also vocals weren’t fantastic at times, Secret Love Song by Little Mix was slaughtered a little and it’s such a good song as an original!

Overall though, I would definitely recommend for people to go, it’s such a good British tradition and so much fun! However, join in! The more you put in to it the more you will get out!

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