Dodlestone Youth Players

Date 16th February 2019
Society Dodleston Youth Players
Venue Dodlestone Community Centre
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Sue Ramsey
Musical Director assistant Director Iain Tyrrell
Choreographer Joanne Roberstson


Author: Budge Grounsell

Having been nominated for a NODA award in 2018 I was interested to see if they could repeat the success of their previous year’s pantomime . I was not disappointed.

Sue Ramsey the Director once again brought her audience a sparkling show full of laughter; in every way a traditional pantomime enhanced by the interaction between the cast and the audience.Sue was aided and abetted by Iain Tyrrell as her assistant and Joanne Robertson as Choreographer

The Scenery, courtesy of Lorraine Black and the team of Roger Higginson, Gordon Peterson and Tim Preston; Lighting and sound (Richard Kitchin and Richard Hulmston) did a fine job in overcoming the confines of the stage and creating all the right effects. The coach was magnificent as good as I have seen in many professional productions. Elaine Porter and Margaret Lloyd produced all the costumes and did a very fine job as did the entire backstage crew.

What of the players; all of the usual suspects were there Cinderella (Sarah Hulmston) Dandini (Emily Kitchin) Joanne Robertson as Prince Charming. The Baron and Baroness Hardup (Glen Mulholland and Karen Welsh) and of course the Fairy Godmother (Denise Ward).

We must add to these Mike Jones,Karen Wordworth,Gabrielle Phillips, Francesca Vickers, Kayleigh Pearson,Evie McDonald, Sarah Vickers and Cameron Glenister; small but very important cogs in this well oiled production and of course a chorus of villagers and courtiers largely composed of children of varying ages who showed themselves as both disciplined and genuinely interested in what was going on around them ; not always the case I assure you.

Who have I forgotten ? Well certainly not Buttons (Ryan Maughan). This is not an easy role to capture: the player has to take the written word and use it to best effect in winning the audience and he certainly did that and what can we say about Trinny and Susannah (Mike Dix and Gordon Robertson) Outrageous, Over the top, in fact all the things the ugly sisters should be. You’ll go far to find these roles played better, amateur or professional

You may have noticed many recurring names mentioned; this truly reflects the community spirit behind this group of players. Long may they continue. Budge (Noda Representative)