A Christmas Cracker of a show
By Esmee Hall
This year Woody Bear has come out of hibernation to host an all singing all dancing Christmas Spectacular at Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft.
Coming from Lowestoft I spent a good part of my childhood at Pleasurewood Hills and remember with much fondness the theatre shows. A family favourite was the Woodys Magic Music Hall show with singing skeletons, Mexicans singing the ‘banana boat song’ and Parrots singing ‘Blue Bajou’ with an oversized glitter ball. I also loved the Castle Theatre shows, the Haunted Castle and then Noel Edmunds Crinkley Bottom with the pink menace Mr Blobby and his gunge tank. The castle has also been home to numerous magic shows .
With a strong history of entertaining shows it seemed a great shame that the Castle Theatre sat unused in recent years so I was delighted when I heard that the Castle Theatre was being renovated to be used for theatre shows again, starting this Christmas with Woody’s Christmas Spectacular. This was in fact the first time in 11 years that Pleasurewood Hills would be open during the festive season.
I was very lucky to be invited to watch Woody’s Christmas Spectacular on its opening night and took my 2 Woody fans aged 4 and 7 along with me.
Woody’s Christmas Spectacular is presented by Pleasurewood Hills and the Stage and Production House. The show is produced and written by The Stage and Production House Ltd, a company that has worked in the resort business in the UK for the last 13 years, having produced shows at venues around the world.
The show started with traditional Victorian carol singers who sung a medley of traditional Christmas carols,this was a great start and really set the tone to the rest of the show.
We then followed 5 actors, Woody the Bear and Santa through song and dance as they all prepared for Christmas. Just after the interval the audience were transported to Lapland for a wonderful glimpse inside Santa’s busy, colourful workshop.
The children in the audience really enjoyed this section of the show and everybody took great delight when some members of the audience were invited on stage to decorate Christmas trees.
Another highlight of this section of the show was the song ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ with a very energetic dancing Santa.
The audience was made up from people of all ages and the Christmas show proved to be entertainment for the whole family.
It was clear that the audience enjoyed singing along with the songs in the show which were often modern Christmas songs and old classics that the whole family could recognise and join in with. My sons really enjoyed ‘ Do you want to build a snowman’ and ‘Let it go’ which were complemented with the use of a snow machine. By the end of the show the whole audience was singing along and waving their arms in the air.
I was really impressed with the amount of attention to detail that had been put into the dance routines and songs. The five actors worked well together and it was clear that a lot of hard work had gone into their flawless routines. I was also impressed with the renovations of the Castle Theatre.
I would recommend this show to families with children 3+ years old. It was clear that it was an uplifting family show, brimming with the spirit of Christmas. My children really enjoyed themselves and left the Theatre in full song. A brilliant return for the Castle Theatre at Pleasurewood Hills, I look forward to seeing what 2018 brings.
- Programmes : Programmes were for sale at £3 each with £1 going to the charity NSPCC
- A selection of drinks and sweets were for sale inside the Theatre. There was also a very good selection of flashing lights and bubble blowing guns for sale.
- Interval: 20 mins
- Time the show lasted 2 hours including the interval
- Prices: £12 for adults, £10 for all children (under 18 years of age)
- Tuesday 19th December – 7pm
- Wednesday 20th December – 2:30pm matinee and 7pm
- Thursday 21st December – 2:30pm matinee and 7pm
- Friday 22nd December – 2:30pm matinee and 7pm
- Saturday 23rd December – 2:30pm matinee and 7pm
- Christmas Eve – 1pm
To book tickets contact http://pleasurewoodhills.com/plan-your-visit/woodys-christmas-spectacular/ or Phone: 01502 586000
This Christmas Pleasurewood Hills also have also opened an Ice Skating Rink which is well worth a look if you plan to see the Christmas Spectacular.