National Operatic & Dramatic Association
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Sleeping Beauty


16th December 2017


Millom Amateur Dramatic Society


Millom School

Type of Production



Nerissa Nicholas

Musical Director

Danielle Varley


Author: Ed McGee

This pantomime was a very good production from MADS. The panto moved along at a good pace, and there were some very good performances. Terry Minter was a very good Dame and connected very well with the, generally young audience. He was well partnered by Phil Park, playing the ‘knockabout’ role Harry the Jester, he kept the audience well entertained, and his audience participation was particularly good. Ellie Simons was a good Princess Rose and she was well complemented by Rebecca Bell, playing Prince William. All the other minor roles were well played, sadly there are too many to mention by name, but well done to every one of them.

 The choreography was well done, and there were some lovely routines, danced by tots and older children alike. The solos were generally very good, as were the ensembles. The thing I particularly liked about the music, was that the songs were all appropriate to the action taking place at the time, which isn’t always the case. Songs are included which have no resemblance at all to the storyline, well done MADS, for thinking the plot and music through.

  The set was fairly simple, and was well worked by the crew, which meant there were no long pauses between scenes, well done to the backstage lads. Costumes were excellent, but ‘Im not sure if they were made or hired, there was no reference in the programme. Lighting and sound were perfectly good, but maybe the sound could have been a little louder at times. I usually say that the sound was too loud, but not on this occasion.

Well done MADS for their very good pantomime, I know you didn’t have long to rehearse after your earlier concert, so well done to everyone concerned, a sterling effort.