|Date||18th February 2014|
|Society||Shavington Village Festival Committee|
|Venue||Shavington High School|
|Type of Production||Pantomime|
|Musical Director||Jenny Collis-Smith|
Author: Peter Johnson
The infamous words, he’s behind you, albeit used in this pantomime seemed inappropriate for such a technically produced show, and I would rather use the word’s they’re behind you. The musical numbers under the guidance of Jenny Collis-Smith and her band of men were many and very apt for every scene, under the direction of the stage manager Ian Parker and his crew this show moved from scene to scene effortlessly, with the most exquisitely hand painted scenery and cloth's especially the silhouetted woodland scene with animals excellent, ably assisted by the lighting and sound crew showering the cast with just the right amount of light as the story unfolded. From the opening number until the final curtain the costumes were a feast for your eyes, as were the youngsters and townspeople who opened up with some rousing singing and cleverly choreographed dancing (simple is best with a large cast) and beautiful smiles just what you need on a cold and blustery night.
Casting was good led by a very strong principal boy in the guise of Megan Sheer who looked every inch a lead, with a beautiful singing voice fit for any stage bedecked in her tunic of Lincoln green. Nanny Nora Tittle-tattle (Rob Earl) played a very interesting a different role to what I’m used to seeing him in but never the less a dame he was and carried the comedy well. Much the millers son (Chandra Sheer) entertained throughout with his wit involving the audience whenever he appeared, Maid Marion (Louisa Shaw) looked every bit the fair maiden, just be careful when dueting with such a powerful singer that you hold your harmonies. The interjections from the enchantress of the forest and the shoothsayer (thank you for the wig adjustment) were done with great conviction and clear diction. The Sheriff of Nottingham was a fearsome character in his own right and perhaps would have been stronger standing still to deliver his lines. There was a very strong cameo role by Bradley Smith as King Richard shame there wasn’t more script for you .The whole show was carried along with the comical roles of Scarper (Adam Goode) and Nickit (Nathanael Brett), the evening finished with a rousing sing along thoroughly enjoyed by a captivated audience.
This beautifully written Pantomime by Bradford & Webster was a credit to you all well done
My sincere thanks for your guided tour of the theatre and your hospitality during the evening.