PUSS IN BOOTS

Date 29th November 2013
Society Children of Benllech Pantomime Group
Venue Benllech
Director Sue Coomber
Musical Director Eunice Parry
Choreographer Laura Jane Jones, Kerry Webber

Report

Author: LYN EMMERSON

This was the Group’s 27th Pantomime during which time thousand of pounds has been donated to worthy causes. It was the first time I had seen Puss in Boots, a piece not often performed but it does not surprise me knowing this enterprising company.

There were five scenes in the first Act and four in the second Act, and I must                         congratulate Set Designer Katherine Mills Pritchard and her back stage team on the superb scenery, particularly the first scene with the windmill. Costumes were of the usual high standard together with much attention paid to detail. There were nineteen characters in the piece. Fairy Feline – Emma Rowlands opened the show, beautifully dressed and the role of Puss was ably played by two of the youngsters, Hannah Griffiths and later by Kallie Chan. Excellent portrayal of Tom, the long lost brother, by talented Jamie Blakeley, who arrives to claim part of his inheritance and eventually becomes the hero of the show. Jamie’s experience encouraged the rest of the cast, and her solo ‘What I Did for Love’ was a highlight – Well done! Chloe Worthington as Doris Dolittle had a good rapport with the audience and her stand up comedy was much appreciated, whilst Sorcha Barry gave a chilling portrayal as baddie Demon Voltaire. Other members of the cast fully justified their selection with good voice projection, we heard every word.

All chorus numbers were well rehearsed by the musical director, loved the Ugly Duckling number, with dancers put through their paces. It was obvious from the smiling faces on stage, the youngsters thoroughly enjoying performing this interesting and successful pantomime.