Pirates of the Panto

Date 27th November 2019
Society Children of Benllech Pantomime Group
Venue Benllech Memorial Hall
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Chris Robinson - assisted by Sacha Jones
Musical Director Eunice Parry
Choreographer Sacha Jones


Author: Lyn Emmerson

It is quite a while since I encountered so many Pirates on the stage. This was a great piece and Chris Robinson must be proud of her results directing her first production with the Company.  The Company staged thirty five youngsters in this Pantomime, each one performing their tasks with ease.

What a jolly way to start open a pantomime with ‘ Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside’ to set one in the mood for a Pirate Pantomime,, and that’s what happened with the opening number. All vocals were well executed including the chorus of twelve small children who sang their hearts out. The role of Spongebag Roundpants was in the capable hands of Lara Robinson, who immersed herself in the character throughout, excellent singing, and spot on with script led to a creditable performance. Lewis Knight and Victoria Lynch were suitable side-kicks for Spongebag as Bones and Skull. I must mention Lewis again in his other role later on the performance as Honest John, revealing his waistcoat and inside pockets weighing him down  jammed full of contraband, yet still ‘rapping’ his way through a musical number – well done!!. Full marks to Hannah Griffith for her portrayal of Stella Sparrow – the Dame of the piece. Her timing was excellent and she brought a lot of humour to the production in a role well beyond her years. Confident performance from Ellie Balahura, as Zac Sparrow the hero of the piece together Merryn Eyre as Zac’s brother Bobby. Isabelle Thomas and  Keira Grindlay gave us the comedy duo, Poop and Deck and were much appreciated by the audience, as were Squire Flinders and  Molly Flinders played by Enfys Pritchard ad Ceri Lightfoot respectively . Well projected script from all responsible for minor roles which is most important – well done.

Good dance routines with nautical themes such as Sail Away and Hornpipe from the five talented dancers trained by Sacha, and of course the costumes were absolutely stunning in all scenes. Another feather in the cap of set designer Katherine Mills, beautiful sets and backcloths yet again this year with the nautical flavour, and not forgetting your excellent back stage crew. Technical Director Nick Blakeley and his team were right on target with lighting and sound This is how a good company works, one big team together with support for a great team of parents. Onwards and upwards Children of Benllech Panto Group and thanks once again for your invitation.