Sleeping Beauty

Date 23rd February 2013
Society Shavington Village Festival Committee
Venue Shavington High School
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Barbara Bispham
Musical Director Jenny Collis-Smith
Choreographer Angela Snell


Author: Michael Jones-McCaw

This production team brought a wealth of experience to another superb panto. Under the direction of Barbara Bispham, choreography by Angela Snell and musical direction by Jenny Collis-Smith, it seemed all three elements worked in harmony brilliantly, producing a pacy, energetic show with a real sense of fun; everything a pantomime should be.

Playing to full houses at Shavington High school, this wonderful cast had the audience eating out of their hands from the outset. In title role as Princess Rose, Megan Iredale was well suited and every bit the panto Heroine you would expect with great vocals and a lovely on stage relationship with her Prince Played by Rachel Hadzik. Rachel was confident and again, had super vocals bringing lots of strength to the role.

Megan Sheer is no stranger to ‘PantoLand’, this year bringing her experience to role of the baddy; Deadly Nightshade. Megan played evil particularly well and probably gave the performance of the night for me. Her execution of ‘Skyfall’ was exceptionally good. Her sidekick, Snivel, played by young Nathaniel Brett did really well also.

Winnie Slaptickle played by Jonathan Brett deserves a special mention being his first time as Panto Dame. He was extremely funny and had a wonderful relationship with the audience and everyone on stage – essential ingredients for any successful dame. Adam Goode played Happy Happy, again ideally cast with the ability to get the audience going and keep them entertained throughout – Adam certainly did that.

Fairies Lilac, Lavander and Lupin (Lesley Smith, Natalie Collins and Diane Collins) narrated the show beautifully with some quirky twists turns adding more humour to the plot – the three of them worked well as a team and were very likable.

The rest of the cast and indeed the company provided tons of energy and animation bringing the story to life performing well chosen and a great mix songs – something for everyone. Scenery and sets were brilliant, mixed with some great lighting effects to create exactly the right ambience.

Congratulations once again on another brilliant production.