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30th November 2012


St Matthews Theatrical Society


Parish Centre Rastrick

Type of Production



Iain Bedson

Musical Director

Stephen Burnby


Anne Haynes/Francessa Appleyard/Naimh Harris


Author: Jacqui Hartley

It's panto time again, my first of the season, St Matthew's as usual, had the audience eating out of their hands. The ugly sisters Hollyhock (Martin Lawlor) always ready with his little quips and ad libs whenever necessary, throwing them in fast and furious, especially at his sister Pansy's (John Nelson) expense. Cinderella (Katy Rainford) and Prince Charming (Amy Oldfield) sang lovely duets together with young sweet voices. We had a Fairy Godmother and her very small apprentice both of them casting spells and the little one making many mistakes as she trained. Short, Back and Sides sparking off each other also added to the comedy. I really liked the way they turned the kitchen table into the coach along with twinkling lights - that was really well done. Act two all costumed in purple and white, for the ballroom scene at the palace, was really quite striking. The principles did an excellent comedy number 'If I were not upon the stage - something else I would like to be' and this had the audience in fits of laughter, it was extremely well done. Unfortunately St. Matthew's, just like all other junior and pantomime societies, are about to lose a lot of their young performers as they go off to University. There is just one thing I should mention, I was very disappointed in the script this year, it seemed to lack lustre and not up to your usual standard. But as always the company pulled out all the stops, and you had a fantastic finale with a Christmas Tree, fairy lights and even snow!