Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
|Date||28th November 2014|
|Venue||Margaret Mack Room, Rockland St Mary|
|Type of Production||Pantomime|
|Musical Director||Stephen Cox|
Author: Susan DuPont
Carin Nutt (director) and Nick Dixey (producer) did well selecting this Lazy Bee Script as it was ideal for the company: staging worked well and performers all showing their mettle and such a funny and huge audience participation script that we never had a quiet moment but were involved throughout. Very colourful sets and lovely technicolour costumes (loved the dwarfs) really enhanced the whole production.
When a Dame such as Nick Mayhew in role of Clarissa the Cook takes a lead part, the entire show just has to be very funny, with the many outrageous costume changes, the jokes and humour, the interplay with other characters, the ‘Darcy’ dance sequence and the messy cake-making, and particularly the winding up of the audience ‘funny-bone’, then a pantomime just has to be a crashing success, and deserves the full houses.
And joining the ‘humour team’ and a brilliant talent to watch through the future years, young David Middleton as Muddles had the style, the timing and the fun, the personality and fizz, the smiles, and above all the empathy to get the audience working with him throughout in an amazing and hilarious participation.
Bethany Marshall as Fairy Flora kept the story line together in rhyme, but we were totally in thrall to the evil Queen Evilynn of Alexandra Evans, and how she enjoyed her moments of total evil and plotting, excellent. Her reflection in the mirror Mirriam (Clive Gordon) was perfect in style and diction and prediction, loved the unexpected transformation of character when he emerged from behind the mirror, fun.
In the title role, Rachel Cullen looked a perfect Snow White, young and pretty, sweet voice, and lovely personality; no wonder the dashing and stylish Prince Valiant (Paul Tranter) preferred her company to that of the Queen.
And of course the stars of the show, the seven Dwarfs (a mix of children and adults) were appealing and such an important part of the story, loved the dialogue and moves and their feelings for Snow White (and hers for them). And it is not every day that one can interrupt the proceedings to sing ‘happy 7th birthday’ to the youngest on stage, but this is village pantomime at the very best.