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Rapunzel

Date

12th January 2012

Society

The Offord Players (TOPS)

Venue

Offord Village Hall, Offord

Type of Production

Pantomime

Director

Sarah Hogben

Report

Author: Don McKay

Almost a full house on the first night of this Panto with three more sold out shows to follow, well supported indeed. The set, designed and built by too numerous to mention ,was very good, some nicely painted flats and a few ingenious effects especially the rising tower, all well managed by Lynne Harris and Diane Little. The lighting by Rob Cook was well executed with good use of the follow spot. Simon Black did a good job of the sound and effects. The costumes by Margaret Cook, Ruth Black and Jan Tufnail were colourful and very well made. Abi Grimmer’s makeup was also very good. Rapunzel by Simon Brett is a traditional Pantomime with all the elements you would expect. This production however opened with some very tall puppets made by Ruth Black and Peter Birchall and operated by Elika Evans, Jan Tufnail, Brian Knight, Graham Tufnail and Josh Cole, this was an unusually nice way to set the story up. Ian Francis was a confident Fairy Benevola, displaying good timing and a nice rapport with the audience. Ruth Black as Benevola’s evil sister Malignia was very good and supplied plenty of opportunities for the audience to hiss and boo. Lucy Knight made a sweet and likeable Rapunzel and Josh Cole as Prince Floribund was very funny. John Kirby as Rapunzel’s Father was steady and consistent. Alan Griffiths and Alex Watts in the duel roles of Dimm and Drumbo, and Grimm and Grumbo supplied the comedy slapstick. Louise Bryant was endearing as the Rapunzel Fairy. The chorus of Ivan Knight, Amy Evans, Jessica Evans, Hannah Pook, Maddison Grimmer and Layla Harris, were focused and performed well. Music by Matt Lewsley on keyboard and Angus Knight on drums was good considering their youth. Sarah Hogben’s direction on a small stage was also good and she managed to get some nice characterisation’s from the cast.