Dick Whittington and his Amazing Cat

Date 24th February 2019
Society Magna Drama Group
Venue Whitecross School
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Betty Morris
Choreographer Val Lewis and Laura Gwynne


Author: Wendy Winterburn

This was another enjoyable panto written by the very talented Betty Morris.

As always it is lovely to see both senior Magna and Magna Youth members together on stage.  All the songs in the show kept the feet tapping and the choreography was well executed.

I loved that a toy frog was on a different part of the stage or on part of the set/furniture in every scene and some of the members of the audience did chuckle when they saw the frog in the second scene of the first act.  The clouds and sea part of the set looked very effective every time the curtain opened.

I loved the scene where Dame Gloria Gusset, played by Gareth Thompson, was dressed up as a dancer in the court of the Shiek.

There was some good rapping from King Ratsputin, played by Casey Willerton and also in a separate song rapping from Fair Bow and Fairy Belle, played by Nikki Thompson and Shannon Jenkins respectively.  I also enjoyed the attempt at break dancing as well!

Baby Shark also made it into the show and Captain Cutlass, played by Steffi Ellis was showed a blow up shark who was boss!  I also loved how Brenda Blackheart played by Hilary Jones managed to get her hair to be like the top part of the capital T.

It was a very amusing touch to see Alan the Horse mentioned in the programme playing the part of Tyson the Dog and also a surprise to see a live cat cross the stage from one side to the other which was very clever.

It was a really lovely show and thank you so much to Magna for inviting me.