SANTA’S CHRISTMAS NIGHTMARE

Date 27th November 2016
Society Children of Benllech Pantomime Group
Venue BENLLECH MEMORIAL HALL
Director Sue Coomber
Musical Director Eunice Parry
Choreographer Tracey Worthington, Sacha Jones

Report

Author: Lyn Emmerson

Children of Benllech Pantomime Group was founded by Barbara Ward, and this Pantomime was a good choice for the Group to celebrate their 30th Production. The large cast were well disciplined throughout and the Director made good use of the whole stage. Just once or twice principles were obscured by enthusiastic members crowding into centre stage and a small amount of script was lost.

To get the attention of the audience from the start, Enfys Pritchard as ‘Fairy’ gave a lovely performance from the onset. Her diction was excellent throughout the piece and her singing was spot on. She was accompanied by Cadi Roberts and Lili Thomas as little ‘Fairies’ who did all that was asked of them. Emma Rowlands gave a jolly portrayal of ‘Santa Claus’ whilst Chloe Worthington never faltered in the role of ‘Mary Christmas’. Brilliant characterisation from Jack Worthington as the baddie ‘Snow King’, who tried to spoil Christmas, accompanied by ‘Frosts’ Carter Cowling, Mia Cowling, Ania Edwards, Lewis Knight and Ceri Lightfoot. Comedy element was in the hands of ‘Tick’ and ‘Tock’ played by Amy Briggs and Lewis Booker respectively with great appreciation from the audience. Nice contribution from Hannah Coulson as ‘Gloria in Excelsis. All minor roles were well executed by a host of nine Pantomime Characters together with six Elves, four Trees, and six Dancers. The Chorus were well rehearsed and sang their hearts out to the delight of the audience, and the Dancers completed their tasks with confidence

The sets were once again so appealing with lovely set design from Katherine Mills Pritchard and Chloe Jones and a backstage crew that managed all changes of scene smoothly and without a hitch. All of the scenes were so impressive, particularly ‘Outside the Ice Palace’ and ‘Inside the Ice Palace‘ in Act 2 – beautiful. The Company never fails to ‘wow’ the audience in the costume department, and this occasion was no exception – well done. The Company obviously enjoyed performing this jolly Christmas piece and it would be advantageous to remember that a few more ‘smiles’ whilst performing would radiate throughout the hall in the happy moments of the piece. – Well done all and Congratulations! Children of Benllech Pantomime Group on 30 great years of entertainment. – Well Done.