THE QUEST FOR THE GOLDEN JUG

Date 5th December 2015
Society Llandudno Youth Music Theatre
Venue CRAIG Y DON COMMUNITY CENTRE
Director Ian Wilson
Musical Director Philip Jones, Catrin Wright
Choreographer Anne Davenport and LYMT Members

Report

Author: REVIEWED BY KERRY PARVIN & ANNA DAVIES for LYN EMMERSON

There are laughs and boos in equal measure in Llandudno Youth Music Theatre’s Christmas Pantomime, ‘The Quest for the Golden Jug’

Forget just one story line, this potted panto had fairy tale worlds colliding as Snow White, Princess Jasmine and Cinderella, battle the likes of Voldemort, Blofeld and many other classical pantomime villains.

An original script written by Ian Wilson, this intrepid quest for the golden jug explores the very best of pantomime; with crowd pleasing ghost gags, polished ensemble numbers and a selfie taking fairy, the witty and modern script breathed new life into the classical world of pantomime.

Musically directed by Philip Jones and Catrin Wright, the crowd enjoyed musical numbers from ‘Mary Poppins’ ‘Enchanted’ ‘Moulin Rouge’ and ‘The Wizz’ performed by the talented young voices of this now 37 year old theatre group. Perhaps best of all was the opening number to act two, in which the energetic group performance of the hit song Happy by Pharrell Williams had the crowd singing and clapping along.

A strong and well delivered performance by panto hero and villain alike, the mix genre of characters in this one of a kind script brought depth and humour beyond that of any traditional pantomime. Who knew Voldemort vs the Fairy Godmother would be such an interesting dual! A theatre group that boasts talent bursting at the seams.

Credit must be given to the remarkable set and costume used throughout. The electronically projected back drop reinforced the modern twist this pantomime so cleverly portrayed, and the many wonderful costumes of both the ensemble and leading cast were pantomime heaven. A special shout out to the inexhaustible supply of hilarious costumes for the Dames, a remarkable feat of quick change timing.

A one of a kind unmissable performance, Llandudno Youth Music Theatre should take great pride in the triumph of their first pantomime.

Oh no they shouldn’t! Oh yes they should!

Stagenotes – December 2015 performance.

This year’s Stagenotes Christmas presentation was a great success yet again.

The 5 to 13 years olds performed a number of songs and short plays in front of a packed audience of family and friends at the Craig y Don Community Centre

Not content with just singing, the young stars of the future danced as part of their polished and enthusiastic performances.

The highlight was the grand finale when all of the youngsters joined together to sing ‘Feel the Light’ from the movie ‘Home’ which was made magical with the use of light effects.

The young performers would like to thank all workers and volunteers who help them reach such levels of success and enjoyment.

(Stagenotes is the junior section of the massively successful Llandudno Youth Musical Theatre)