Snow White

Date 25th February 2023
Society Ruthin Panto Society
Venue Theatr John Ambrose, Ruting
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Polly Snape
Musical Director Polly Snape
Choreographer Hanna Medi Roberts

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Author: Lyn Emmerson

After three long years, Ruthin Panto Society again trod the boards and I must say, it was worth the wait. Their production of the popular Snow White, with a twist based on ‘Six’ dwarfs was like a breath of fresh air. Written by their Director Polly Snape, the piece involved both adults and members of Ruthin Youth Theatre.

The set once again was very cleverly constructed, with stairs each side rising to a bridge, then steps down to the floor level of the auditorium which the Company made full use of. The set was dressed with appropriate props for all the different scenes. Incredible back stage crew once again.

Great opening number giving us a flavour of what we were to expect later, with the Chorus in full flow and I may add, all had happy smiling faces as if to relay to the audience ‘Ruthin Panto is back!!’ The title role was in the capable hands of Hanna Medi Roberts, who as well as portraying Snow White with confidence, devised interesting and innovative well-rehearsed routines for the Company, well done Hanna. Rosie Jones was excellent support as Prince Rupert and fully justified her selection.

Emma Parry as the Queen Evilena, took every opportunity to develop this character. The evil queen ticked every box with a chilling characterisation of this enviable role and Emma revelled from all the jeers and boos she received from the audience, of course the kids were the loudest!!!

Experienced Mike van der Eijk gave us a regal portrayal of The King, who had been locked in the mirror by his wife, Queen Evilena, whilst the six dwarfs, Smile, Scrumpy, Dozy, Mardy, Sniffles and Titch,  played by Ceri Wyn Jones, Cat Smith, Carolyn  Burkey, Lindsay Abbink, Sophie Lincoln-Jones and Carys Jones respectively, were all well cast. The appearance of Dave Snape as Billy, once again pleased the audience, giving a creditable performance and interacting with them throughout the piece. Auntie Gertie is always a favourite with Ruthin Panto Society, and Gavyn Pendrey Edwards was pleased to be seeing ‘The Daddies’ in the audience after three years. This was another ‘sparkling’ performance from Auntie Gertie, particularly at the beginning of Act 2 when he led the whole company with a musical medley of ‘Diamonds’. Gertie’s dress was phenomenal, twinkling with many lights and together with the correct stage lighting, the audience were ‘Wowed’ during this musical extravaganza.

It was encouraging to see 20 youngsters from Ruthin Youth Theatre taking part as Villagers, Crows and Dwarfs. They knew what was expected of them and all rose to the challenge and supported the chorus and principals in all their tasks. Costumes, once again just stunning throughout.

Congratulations to all concerned with this Production. – A lovely experience for which we have waited so long.  Thank you - can’t wait until the next one !!.

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