The Little Mermaid

Date 26th January 2020
Society Amlwch Showstoppers Group
Venue Memorial Hall - Amlwch
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Zoe Thompson
Musical Director Zoe Thompson
Choreographer Rachel Jones & Zoe Thompson

Report

Author: Lyn Emmerson

A pleasant visit to Amlwch Showstoppers for their final performance of their 2020 pantomime. The Company is a good example of Community Theatre where everyone including parents and grandparents pull together to put on their production in the very North of Anglesey. The cast of 45 adults and children worked hard and the Producer made sure the company made full use of the space available 

Gabbey Allan and Katrina Purton as Narrators, gave the piece a good start and the opening – Under the Sea – was well thought out with the company in good voice. There were 7 Scenes in Act 1 and 8 Scenes in Act 2, and a skilful backstage team coped well with all scene changes. Bethan Purton, as Aria, was hardly ever off stage and fully justified her role, whilst Shauna Brown as Prince Derek, was a fine foil for Aria. Ruth Purton again was a favourite with the audience as the Dame Dusty, and Jason Walker as Captain Aaargh soon put his stamp on his role. Another great performance from Eirlys Walker as the scary Octavia who, to the delight of the audience, didn’t pull any punches as the ‘baddie’ of the piece. I loved the contribution from Daniel Jones as Caesar, he was just perfect for the role, was so natural on stage and engaged well with the audience.

There were many minor roles, rather too many to mention I’m afraid, but each one important to the production. Everyone knew their lines and what their tasks were, but some of the very young members of the company couldn’t be heard as they needed to be more downstage. However, this did not deter from the success of the production. Chorus were well directed as ‘Villagers’ and ‘Unfortunate Souls’ and supported the main roles with delightful singing and dancing.  Much thought had been put into the attractive costumes, make up and wigs.  Congratulations to all concerned, a creditable production, even though a tad long, and another feather in the cap of this family orientated Company. Thank you Showstoppers.