Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Date 6th December 2018
Society Garforth Musical Society
Venue The Miners Welfare Hall
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Erin Ocsko'
Musical Director Joanne Jackson
Choreographer Lynne Hill


Author: Christine Castle

The warmth of the welcome at Garforth's annual pantomime equalled the dedication this group give to this community. This year they had chosen 'Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs' - a traditional pantomime, written by Alan Frayn,the master when it comes to good scripts, appealing to both young and young at heart!

He provided the cast with some up-to-date dialogue, mainly dealing with modern technology, which was put over very well by the principals. This year was a directorial debut for Erin Ocsko' and she did extremely well, coping with the limitations of the small stage admirably and giving her principals plenty of movement, which is important in telling the story. Lynn Hill choreographed the numbers very well, mindful of non-dancers - it all blended together. Joanne Jackson, stepping sideways from direction to musical director, had chosen some good musical numbers for her cast to perform and they all sang with enthusiasm.

The principals all worked hard and played well to the audience, even coping with some heckling from the back of the hall - not easy.

The 'Dwarfs' were all well-rehearsed but could have been a bit louder with their dialogue - try not to rush the words, if you can.

The costumes were very attractive, in the capable hands of Elaine McAleese and team - I particularly liked the Fairy's costume.

The sets, as always, fitted the stage well - this group have such a marvellous team backstage and it always supports the cast amazingly. Sound and lighting were also very effective.

Music was provided as usual by Brenda Knowles on piano and Ben Stone on drums.

Judging by the audience's reaction to the finale song, Slade's 'Here it is, Merry Christmas' this pantomime was thoroughly enjoyed by all - my congratulations to you all!