After a couple of weeks of rehearsals, my daughter said something I couldn’t believe: ‘I think this year’s panto is better than last year’s’.
How was that even possible? There are no words to describe how much I loved that panto. There are even less words to describe how much she loved that panto. I can honestly say there wasn’t a single day of the year when she didn’t mention it. For the first few months after it ended, she even talked about it in the present tense. It was so real to her, it was like it was still happening.
There wasn’t a day when I didn’t think about it either. There was a little calendar ticking down in my head counting the months, then the weeks, then the days to the next one.
But I knew nothing could top last year’s. Nothing.
We went to my daughter’s opening performance and I loved it. I felt so proud of her, she was brilliant.
But could I say it was better than last time? Definitely not.
It was good, she was brilliant, but I didn’t think anything would top Cinderella. I knew that panto off by heart – the lines and the songs. And my daughter had a comedy role as the security guard. That was going to be hard to top.
I watched it again a couple of weeks later and I definitely enjoyed it a bit more.
When I watched it for the third time, I finally really fell in love with it. Was it to do with my dad and niece going up on stage? Of course that helped, but I loved the pantomime as a whole. I was getting to know the words and the lines, like I had last year. And there wasn’t a single boring scene. My daughter might not have had a special little comedy role, but the chorus are on the stage a lot more this year.
Suddenly, my head was full of songs from this year’s panto, rather than last year’s.
When I watched it for the fourth time I wanted to bottle every second of it. Store it all up so I would never forget. The lines, the songs, the costumes, the scenery. And my daughter’s smiling face. Seeing her face, I felt as emotional as I had felt the first time I saw her.
The end is in sight now.
And I’m really in love with this year’s panto.