BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Date 28th November 2014
Society Children of Benllech Pantomime Group
Venue Benllech Memorial Hall
Director Sue Coomber
Musical Director Eunice Parry
Choreographer Tracey Worthington and Team

Report

Author: Lyn Emmerson

Beauty and the Beast is most popular at the moment and the Director and entire company painted a pleasing and enjoyable picture of this classic tale.

Opening the production Ffion Parry, as Fairy Rosebud, got the show off to a good start.  A strong performance from Kallie Chan as the grisly and evil Witch Greenfly, trying outdo every good deed in the kingdom which came within her grasp. The Bakery was run by Mr Cob, Sorcha Barry, ably assisted by Crouton, Michaela Booker. Brilliant performance from Jaimee Blakeley as Dame Dolly Donut who was hardly ever off stage and spot on with all musical numbers. Storm Bartley, Amy Coulson, Joe Bartley, Josie Thomas, and Lewis Booker gave excellent performances  the Baker’s daughters, Marzipan, Fondant, Madeira, Profiterole and Vanilla respectively. Beautifully dressed with appropriate wigs becoming five spoilt ‘ young ladies’ they all blended well together their comedy lines being well received. Jessica Bracey brought a sensitive feel to the role of Belle and demonstrated her expertise in Irish dancing.

Emma Rowlands brought experience to the role of the villain, Victor Vandare, trying to trick Mr Cob into giving him his daughter Belle’s hand in marriage. There were many minor roles well executed including Prince Rupert - Megan Pritchard: Beast- Chloe Worthington: Gaston - Hannah Coulson: Werewolf/Anton- Jack Worthington: and the Paramedics- Ffion Griffiths and Louise Potter.  I must also mention the excellent contribution from Alisha Thomas and Louise Potter as Kingsmill the loveable horse – well done!! Chorus were well trained and made a valuable contribution to the success. Choreography was innovative, including an amazing display of gymnastics from Hannah Griffiths.  

Lovely set design – particularly the final scene, lighting and colourful costumes all added to another feather in the cap of this zealous group