Waterford Panto Society (1985-)

Waterford’s longest running family entertainment, it started life back in 1985 when Padraig O’Griofa and Jimmy Kelly re-juvenated Panto in Waterford (which had existed prior to this in an ad-hoc manner). From the early days of Denny Corcoran to the multi-media spectacle that it is today, Waterford Panto has enjoyed a varied and exciting history, and is firmly in the hearts of Waterford people and beyond every Christmas.

30 Days Of Panto – Day 23 – Finale Act 1 – Sleeping Beauty – 2010

Here is the finale to act 1 of Beauty And The Beast from 2010 featuring a mash up of songs from Lord Of The Rings and Go The Distance from Hercules.

Read More »

30 Days Of Panto – Day 16 – Steal My Rock And Roll

Up to 2015 we go today and ‘Steal My Rock And Roll’ from the musical Memphis was the featured ‘end of plot’ song in Jack and the Beanstalk…

Read More »

30 Days Of Panto – Day 14 – Be Our Guest from Beauty And The Beast 2016

One of our favourite scenes of all time is the showstopping ‘Be Our Guest’ from Beauty and The Beast 2016. Have a look – it’s easy to see why!

Read More »

30 Days Of Panto 11 – The Wedding Band From Jack & The Beanstalk 1992

A staple of Panto in the early years was the ‘Wedding Band’ – always a rogues gallery booked to play at the wedding of the hero and heroine. Here is Paul Corcoran leading the way with Richie Hayes, Butch Wymberry and Ernie Moyser backing him up.

Read More »

30 Years of Panto – 10 – Highlights from Beauty And The Beast 1999

From the 1999 production of Beauty and the Beast , here is ‘Be Our Guest’ and ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’.

Read More »

30 Days of Panto – Day 07 – Snow White 1994

Some highlights from our 1994 production of ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’ – directed by Denny Corcoran.

Read More »

30 Years of Panto 003 – Cinderella, 2003

Our series of Panto memories for Christmas 2020 continues with a flashback to 2003 and our production of Cinderella. Here’s a montage of scenes for your entertainment from that production.

Read More »

Videos – The Whole Things Just A Game – Panto 1990

Here is Dee Lanigan leading the troops in a scene from the 1990 Panto – featuring a song from Blood Brothers ‘The Whole Things Just A Game’

Read More »

30 Days Of Panto – Day 24 – Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life – Panto 1990

Brenda Giles and Richie Hayes will teach us how to look on the bright side of life! Taken from Panto 1990.

Read More »

Production Photos – Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs – Waterford Panto 2017

I had a request for some more Panto stuff, so I’m happy to oblige – here is a gallery of production photos from Panto 2017 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Waterford Panto Society. Photos – of course – taken by Colin Shanahan of Digicol photography. Production Photos 2017 – Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

Read More »

30 Days Of Panto – 008 – Aladdin – One Jump

Here is a throwback to 1996 and our production of ‘Aladdin’ with David Flynn in the lead role of Aladdin – this is ‘One Jump’ – the opening number… Enjoy! https://player.vimeo.com/video/403991388

Read More »

30 Days Of Panto – Day 22 – A Cover Is not A Book – Robin Hood 2019

Today it’s a short jump back to Christmas just gone and ‘A Cover Is Not A Book’ led by Brian and Aisling… [AdStream-A] https://player.vimeo.com/video/411009035 [AdStream-A]

Read More »

Panto Highlights 12 – Belle from Beauty and the Beast 1999

Today’s highlight is the opening from our 1999 production of ‘Beauty And The Beast’ https://player.vimeo.com/video/408502951

Read More »

30 Days Of Panto – Day 17 – Food Glorious Food from Robin Hood 1988

If you want to see Liam Murphy as Friar Tuck devouring a leg of chicken – this is your video! Enjoy! https://player.vimeo.com/video/406812088

Read More »

30 Days of Panto- 004 – Defying Gravity – Aladdin 2009

Today we have ‘Defying Gravity’ from Aladdin starring David Condon, Freda Quinlan, Hazel Kelly and a young Nathan Carey https://player.vimeo.com/video/407571819

Read More »

Panto Highlights 10 – The Sun Has Got His Hat on – Mother Goose, 1990

The opening from Mother Goose in 1990 is an apt song for another beautiful day where the sun definitely has it’s hat on. https://player.vimeo.com/video/407135661

Read More »

30 Days Of Panto – Day 05 – The Cat And The Moon from Jack And The Beanstalk 2015

Todays Highlight is from our 30th anniversary production of ‘Jack And The Beanstalk’ from 2015. This is an upbeat song from ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ musical. https://player.vimeo.com/video/405976703

Read More »

Panto Highlights 13 – Little People from ‘Ali Baba’ – 2001

Today we have ‘Little People’ from our production of ‘Ali Baba’ in 2001 featuring David Flynn on main vocals. https://player.vimeo.com/video/409746200

Read More »

30 Days Of Panto 001 – You’re Welcome – Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs 2017

Today we have a clip from our 2017 production of ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’ https://player.vimeo.com/video/404981560

Read More »

30 Days Of Panto – Day 15 – Dancing In The Dark – Robinson Caruso 1986

Todays Highlight is all the way back to 1986 and Robinson Caruso – here is Paul Corcoran belting out ‘Dancing In The Dark’. https://player.vimeo.com/video/405790410

Read More »

30 Days Of Panto – 09 – What I Did For Love – Sinbad The Sailor 1989

Todays highlight reel is from our 1989 production of ‘Sinbad’. https://player.vimeo.com/video/404746904

Read More »

Panto Highlights 008 – 1998 – Little Red Riding Hood

Todays highlight is ‘Tale As Old As Time’ from Little Red Riding Hood, 1998 https://player.vimeo.com/video/406529498

Read More »

Panto Highlights 005 – Those Were The Days – Goldilocks 1993

Todays highlight is Hazel Kelly belting out the classic ‘Those Were The Days’ in our production of Goldilocks in 1993 https://player.vimeo.com/video/405384710

Read More »

WTA 151 – Waterford Panto Society 1985 – Opening and Closing Number

A bit of Panto today. Way way back 35 years ago – (and Waterford Panto are celebrating 35 years of entertaining the people of Waterford this year) – this was the opening and closing number of ‘Ol King Cole’ staged in the Theatre Royal. Keep your eyes open for very young familiar faces – including a very young face introducing …

Read More »

1991 – Dick Whittington – Show Programme – Waterford Panto

Back 28 years today to the Panto and the programme from Dick Whittington. This was the 7th production from the Waterford Panto Society. Directed by Denny Corcoran. 1991 – Dick Whittington – Programme – WPS

Read More »

2006 – Babes In The Woods Gallery – Waterford Panto

Its been a while since we had some photos and something from Panto – so way back to 2006 and Babes in The Woods in the Theatre Royal. 2006 – Babes In The Woods Gallery

Read More »

30 Years Of Panto 002 – Finale Act 1 From Babes In The Wood

From 2006 – The Finale of ‘Babes In The Wood’ – a mash up of Bat Out Of Hell and Holding Out For a Hero – complete with flying Fairy! https://vimeo.com/403775917

Read More »

Showtime Episode 12 – Panto

Episode 12 visits the wonderful world of Panto with the ‘Ghost of Panto Past’ – Padraig O’Griofa and the ‘Ghost of Christmas Present’ – Anne Corcoran Brown. 33 years this year makes the Waterford Panto the longest continuously running family entertainment show in Waterford! 

Read More »

2008 – Cinderella – Waterford Panto Society Programme

A visit to Panto today and back to 2008 when Waterford Panto Society produced the only one of it’s 33 productions outside of the Theatre Royal – in ‘The Forum’. The Theatre was being renovated at the time. Here is the show programme for a look – Cinderella – the most produced of all Panto’s in Waterford. 2008 – Cinderella …

Read More »

Sleeping Beauty – 2000 – Show Programme

A bit of Panto today and the programme from Waterford Panto Society’s production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’. 2000 – Sleeping Beauty – Show Programme

Read More »

1988 – Robin Hood – Waterford Panto Society Show Programme

Time for some Panto. Back in 1988 Denny Corcoran wrote and directed the annual Panto – this time Robin Hood. Here is the show programme. 1988 – Robin Hood – Show Programme

Read More »

WTA 035 – 2002 – Frankenstein – Waterford Panto Society

So I searched long and hard for a halloween themed update today, and I forgot – of course , the most unlikely source of all – the Panto! Yes in 2002 for some explicable reason the Waterford Panto Society presented ‘Frankenstein’ – and like all pantos it was a lighthearted romp through 2 hours of mayhem. It also was a …

Read More »

Some Panto Material Added

I’m sure everyone expects some Panto stuff now and again, so I don’t feel too guilty since we are three weeks in 🙂 Found these last night – 2 from pre-Waterford Panto Society (1985) and one from Post 1985 for the new era. I had to laugh at the poster ‘Tom Tom the Pipers Son – the GRAND Panto’ – …

Read More »

Tony Corcoran discusses Sleeping Beauty with Maria McCann

Copyright WLR – for more see www.wlrfm.com

Read More »

Pat McEvoy Reviews Jack And The Beanstalk

Pat McEvoy reviews Waterford Panto Society’s 2015 production of ‘Jack And The Beanstalk’ on WLR.

Read More »

Panto 2013 Review on Deise AM with Liam Murphy

Read More »