Beauty and the Beast

Date 8th December 2018
Society Airdrie Arts Guild Drama Group
Venue Sir John Wilson Town Hall, Airdrie
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Ronnie Mackie
Musical Director Blair Wilkie
Choreographer Cat Gemmell

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Author: David Black

This version of the tale as old as time by Ben Crocker, contained all the necessary ingredients to create colour and atmosphere, telling the French story of the popular Beauty and the Beast.  As narrator, Eddie Gouther was brilliantly cast as Felix, the talking French Poodle, who won the hearts of all the audience throughout his comedic performance.  Liam McKinstray provided an impressive accomplished performance as the Beast.  Morgan Sloan played an adorable Beauty with David O’Hara as her handsome Prince Charming.  Bill McCloy made a fine Dame who established great rapport with the audience.  Adding to our entertainment included Kieran Sweeney, as Beauty’s glaikit brother Jacques, and Louise Gavan (his love interest) Capucine, not forgetting Lorraine Keenan and Giovanna Tweedie as the double-act Castle servants Aimee and Remy.  No pantomime is complete without a baddie and this was provided by May Wakley as Malabelle a suitably evil witch.  Other principals included Cat Gemmell (Talking Clock), Nicola Young (Table), Nicole Cowan (Lamp), Colin Archibald (Chest of Drawers) and Bernadette Gallagher (Rug).  All were ably supported by an enthusiastic ensemble of adult and junior chorus.  This will remain a memorable pantomime having being drenched in fake snow during act one and then in act two forcibly invited (by Eddie Gouther) on stage to join the cast in the ‘Baby Shark’ number.  An enjoyable evening was had by one and all in the assurance that all live happily ever after - even the Poodle found a partner!