Snow White

Date 14th December 2012
Society Riverside Musical Theatre Company
Venue Park View Theatre, Chester le Street
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Sheila Rouse
Musical Director Kathy Bevan
Choreographer Sheila Rouse


Author: Michelle Coulson

This pantomime was written by one of the society members, Kevin Thornhill, and it followed the traditional story. The set was very basic, and unfortunately poor lighting in some parts of the production meant that occasionally you couldn’t see the faces of the cast, but the excellent costumes lifted the whole appearance of the show.

Amy Manning played the title role of “Snow White” with just the right amount of naivety and charm required. She looked the part and gained the support of the young members of the audience from the start. Her love interest “Prince Michael”, played by Donna Graham, had the necessary command and confidence required of a principal boy.  Stephen Shield, as Snow White’s friend “Andy”, and Kevin Thornhill, as “Dame Dotty”, worked hard to keep the comedy going and to get the audience on their side.  James Hudson, as “Herman” the henchman, was a baddie who wouldn’t hurt a fly, in complete contrast to his mistress “Queen Devolina”, portrayed by Melanie King with enough venom and evilness to evoke the right audience reaction and have the children (and many adults!) booing and hissing .  Other principals gave good support, but the undoubted stars of the show were the children playing the roles of the Dwarves; they looked comfortable on stage and delivered their lines and their routines superbly.  The chorus and dancers carried out their numbers well, and their singing was good. Well done to all concerned for overcoming the difficulties associated with the venue early in the run, and for ensuring the “show must go on".