In love with panto

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.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Aww that’s really lovely to hear. It sounds like a well thought out kind of love and that’s always good isn’t it? I haven’t been to a panto in years and years. I’m pretty sure I was about 12 the last time I went!

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    • I can definitely recommend them! They really are very funny and there’s a lot of jokes especially for the adults. We went to one in 2012, but before that I was probably about 12 too. I know we’ll be going to one every year forever now – whether or not my daughter is in it!

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  2. That is such a lovely post. It obviously takes time to really see how special it is and it will be lovely to look back on these and the other pantos she does as they are such amazing times for you both.

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    • Thanks very much! It really does get better every time I see it. I just hope she can do a lot more pantos in the future.

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  3. I loved the Panto too – but it must be even more special with your daughter in it. I hope that the decision whether she does it again next year or not with changing schools isn’t too difficult.

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    • Thanks very much, it is incredibly special! I hope you will get to see her one day. She is currently upset that she might not be able to do it next year. I think if the school will allow it, she will do it!

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