Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
11th January 2018
The Dryden Centre, Gateshead
Type of Production
Author: Foster Johnson
When it comes to Pantomime productions The Caprian's always strive to produce that little extra to make it noteworthy. This year's show was no exception!.The storyline is well known but this version, written and produced by Jeff Waites, and with the fine musical and choreographical touches of Enid Stafford and Rachel Tate added that little extra.
In staging the show a Director is faced with the conundrum of how to portray the dwarfs. Do you fudge the issue and muddle around it by perhaps using the teenage members of the society or are you brave enough to put the roles into the hands of some younger pre teenage performers. Fortunately the Company chose the latter and what a wonderful decision it was. The seven dwarfs in the shape of Phoenix Emms-Hobbins, Elloitt King, Alfie Green,Oliver Cass, Emir Cetin, Sophie Dynes, and Emily Green, who are all members at the Saturday Stage School, Whitley Bay, were superb. Their acting and singing was clear and precise and their comedic delivery and timing hit the mark. It certainly bodes well for the future of theatre.
They were of course surrounded by a plethora of adult principal talent as well, who were in turn aided by a fine ensemble of singers and actors which all added to the ambience of the show...There were eleven Principal roles all of whom immersed themselves in their roles and delivered a "performance" Of these the stand out offerings for me came in the shape of Kevin Riley as the Dame Dyspepsia, Daniel Fenwick (Muddles) Pam Dias (Fancy Free) Sam Monkhouse (Footloose), Lyndsay Kellegher (Prince Danilo)and Lisa Simpson who played the (Mirror Image of the Queen).
As with all of their shows the costumes, scenery, lighting and sound effects were first class and great credit must go to Scenic Artist Alan Gray, Lighting Director Ken Hall, Stage Manager Jean Hall and their teams of dedicated workers, including the professional costumiers and sound company who made it all possible on the night. I was particularly impressed the disappearing beds scene and chase in the dwarf's cottage, the timing of which was spot on.