THIS was a Goldilocks and the Three Bears with a difference.

Some other famous fairytale characters turned up in the script written by Rowan Lathey, which added to the fun enjoyed by both the large cast and audience.

Some of the unscripted lines, as ever, brought many of the biggest laughs of the evening.

Monday night's performance proved the First Act company are continually discovering new members to help replace some of their most experienced performers who have left the Isle of Wight in recent times.

This show was very much an ensemble-based production with many ambitious company numbers, which certainly pleased the audience.

Our House, which featured the Three Bears, was one of the most popular segments in the whole show.

Andrew Rose and Ashleigh Jones did so well as the joint narrators and had their own moments of fun.

Wendy Todd put a lot of effort into playing a real grumpy Goldilocks who treated all her friends so rudely.

She clearly enjoyed the role and her later transition when she became so nice to everyone.

Others to catch the eye included Bryony Miller as Red Riding Hood.

You could quickly sense just how much she was enjoying being on stage.

Frank Bingham was another to make the most of his role as the mother of Goldilocks.

Immie Sivell created her own fun as the town crier.

Ross Forde's contributions to First Act productions are immense.

This time he had a lesser role but was so confident and effective as Policeman 1, ably assisted by Parry Kirby, as Policeman 2, who had the whole company repeating his lines.

Some of the long term First Act members like Colin Heber, Maggie Murthwaite and Theresa Rose always inject moments to savour.

Carol Laidler and her team work so hard with their clients to make these productions so worthwhile and inspirational.

Christmas just wouldn't be the same without a First Act pantomime.

Rowan Lathey directed the show and Alana Bird, Claire Cronin and Andrew Woodford were the chorus leaders.

The musical arrangers were Ron Bird and David and Joe Redston. Maria Bavington, Lottie Laidler and Traci Stockman were the choreographers.

The Tuesday group also performed this production on the following night.

Many of the principals were the same and others included First Act regulars like Aaron Danvers-Jukes, Natalie Rann and Margaret Leadley.