Puss in Boots

Date 20th January 2024
Society Crickhowell & District Players
Venue The Clarence Hall, Crickhowell
Type of Production Musical
Director Cara Perkins
Musical Director Jonathon Llewellyn-Bowden

Report

Author: Dee McIlroy

A great way to brighten a dark, cold January night, bring fun, lights, excitement and a fabulous pantomime Puss in Boots into your world!! The Clarence Hall was packed with children of all ages and a lively appreciative audience. Once again all the hard working dedicated team deserve praise, Director Cara Perkins Musical Director Jonathon Llewellyn-Bowden and all back stage and technical had made a night to remember for us all, and their successful grant for radio mikes had made all the difference to the performances, very well done team.

The central role was played with professionalism by Kirsty Havard as Pibs (Puss in Boots), a fabulous performance and a great singer, interacting so well with all the characters on stage she lit up the stage! Cara Perkins made an impact as Fairy Liquida, great interaction with her wonderful clear voice
and warmth with her audience, combined with all the lovely numbers she sang so well.

Andrew Fryer as Gloria, Mrs Miller was well played, excellent diction, stage presence and good comedy. We all loved the elegant shoe loving Queen Imelda from talented Jacqui Daniell, who was perfect for this role, and her beautiful soaring voice hit the roof of the theatre… a part so well done!

Jase Kilby was excellent as Marcos The King, he brought regal fun, and was a confident match for this duo.

I have never seen an Ogre with class and charisma yet this one had it, a very expressive David Saunders also played The Cobbler well, giving plenty of contrast with his performance to all the other characters, a showstopper he certainly was!!

Penelope Daniell gave some superb, hilarious comedy as Peeves the Butler.

This pantomime had a great cast with many excellent performances. Congratulations go to Director Cara Perkins for all her work for this pantomime.

Three confident young ladies, Evelyn Beatty, Poppy Mason , and Emily Retallick were three adorable cats, they could go far with their obvious enjoyment of performing.

The Dancers and all their routines were astonishing and very stylish…wow!!! Very talented performances, enhanced with brilliant lighting and costumes. They gave tremendous impact every time they danced.

How pantomimes have evolved now from the old days of forgotten lines and slapstick, to fabulous high standards, ready on opening night for the audience, who do deserve the best, they faithfully support every year, and also the whole company who have spent many months rehearsing and planning.

Crickhowell & District Players well done, you do the town and area proud! Thank you for your kind hospitality, see you next year. Every future success!

THIS REVIEW IS THE SOLE OPINION OF THE AUTHOR DEE McILROY NODA.