Sleeping Beaury

Date 13th January 2017
Society Hoylake & West Kirby Theatre Group
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Ami Clewlow
Musical Director Jeff Bradbere
Choreographer Rebecca Smith


Author: Budge Grounsell

In keeping with the current trend in all all things baking/cooking here is a recipe for a successful Pantomine.

Strong pinch of script

Add Mixture of Director,Musical Director and Choreographer Put together inside  colourful settings Add juniors, dancers an adult chorus and  mix together with  excellent Principles Throw in costumes,props lighting, sound , backstage and sundry other important support folk  not forgetting the musicians.

That’s all you need . told you it was easy. Well it is, if, like HAWK you just happen to have all these things standing by in the wings.

Head Chef, Director Ami Clewlow, with Sous Chefs MD Jeff Bradbere and Choreographer Rebecca Smith created a dish fit for any audience, building on a good script and taking very opportunity to be innovative in their approach to this old  story . The fact that the result was just as palatable  for the adults as well as  the children in the audience  is in itself a compliment to their well as that of the entire cast.

Sleeping beauty appeared in three different guises.. as a new baby(what a doll) as a young girl played by Izzy Corr and in the grown up version  by Lauren Heywood. Can’t say much about the Baby but Izzy and Lauren both did well. Jon Croft as Prince Alexis and later as his own grandson Alexander was superb. He completely captured the audience as Alexis, very funny in this camp rendition which was somewhat of a surprise but none the less enjoyable. As Alexander he was much more the traditional Prince and did it well.

The comedy elements fell to Muddles (Wendy O’Connor) and Nurse Dottie Dettol (Paul Henderson)  You don’t see many ladies playing Muddles but Wendy carried this off completely and Paul makes a fine Dame. Cash and Carrie Jamie Brown and Megan Clarke  more than did their part in  promoting the fun and there were some nice comedy touches too from the Queen Nicky Brown and King (Carl Howard.).

We must have fairies of course; one to cheer and one to boo. Charlotte Cummings as Lilac got the cheers whilst Jan Oxton as Witch Hazel had to endure the boos:needless to say they both had us under their spell.  Lilac was the more fortunate in having a rainbow of helpers, Hattie Cooper (Fairy Green) Alex Kay (Fairy Orange)Ava Barker (Fairy Blue)Abi Barker (Fairy Red) and Emuily O’Connor (Fairy Yellow).

The supporting Adult and Junior Chorus together with the Dancer all made the best of their appearances. In what was altogether an excellent show. See you Next Year  Budge