Knight Fever

Date 25th January 2020
Society Criccieth Starlight Players
Venue Criccieth Memorial Hall
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Joanna Vincent and Dan Evans
Choreographer Jenny Williams

Report

Author: Jackie Titley

It appeared that Dan, the director, chose this panto and it was ideal for Starlight Players – Principals, Knights, Camelot Creatures, Junior and Senior chorus and an assortment of costumes. Yes, it was all there, everyone having fun. Nice work on the scenery, the arched windows were particularly good for setting the scenes. It was pleasing to see another local group from Caernarfon supporting in the audience (and in the street) wearing their chainmail costumes.

Unfortunately the mics were not always coming on when needed and the balance took a while to be corrected. The taped music added breadth to the singing which moved everything on a pace.

Lester the Jester (Paula Carr) had the difficult job of opening the show and engaging the audience. As the performance progressed so she engaged us more and more. She had a good strong voice and athleticism. Nothing phased her, not even carrying a huge rucksack. Her jokes were continuous and she obviously enjoyed herself and shared this enjoyment with us

Justin (Samuel Jolly) a stable boy who entered the competition to become a knight was in love with Princess Anna. This spurred him on during jousting and sword fighting, He was quite quiet but competent in the role.

Princess Anna (Eve Harris) held her accent throughout but deliberately, while learning English, got her tenses wrong. She had a nice singing voice and she and Justin worked well together.

The Knights were given clever names Sir Cumference, Sir Uptitious and Sir Tificate. The Knights ’Quest’ dance worked very well and the gangham style dance was really enjoyed by the chorus.

The chorus and Principals performed an excellent marching routine. Good use was made of the auditorium which left room for the principals on stage. There was a big assortment of costumes, especially for the youngsters. They also performed an excellent effective fluorescent scene.

A little twist in the story when the dragon was a little girl (Evie Chappell). Dame Doris (Jason Smith) was suitably attired and encouraged laughter with her/his actions. Not so the Black Knight (Dan May) who encouraged boo’s from the audience.

This was a popular community based panto which was supported well by their audiences and provided opportunities for all to join in, both young and not so young.

Congratulations and well done to you all.

Jackie Titley