Despite the torrential rain, the finale of Lytham Hall's open air play season was a spellbinding success as Illyria put on a magical production of The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
Families flocked to the hall with their umbrellas in hand, but the downpour failed to dampen anyone's spirits. In a show which, according to actress Katherine Lunney, can involve around 200 litres of water, the added soaking seemed somewhat fitting.
The event began with a charity raffle, raising funds for Lytham Lifeboats and St. Luke's Leprosy Hospital in India, with prizes including a £50 voucher for Spagó Restaurant and two tickets to the England v Australia 3rd ODI match at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.
The cast of six effortlessly breathed life into their comedic characters. Children and grown-ups alike revelled in the hilarity as apprentice Lucien attempted to use sorcery to make light work of his chores.
The performance boasted a range of impossible illusions designed by famous magician Paul Daniels, and featured a familiar soundtrack, written by Paul Dukas, from the Disney film Fantasia.
It was a pantomime-style production which provided plenty of audience participation. A highlight came when spectators were requested to raise their arms in order to perform an oblivion spell.
All in all, Illyria's production of The Sorcerer's Apprentice rounded off a great season of outdoor theatre at Lytham Hall.
Illyria's tour of The Sorcerer's Apprentice will continue at Lancaster's Williamson Park on the 25th August. Further productions and booking details can be found on Illyria's website at www.illyria.uk.com.