The Sleeping Beauty

Date 2nd December 2023
Society St Faith's Players
Venue Watermans Theatre
Type of Production Pantomime

Report

Author: Stuart James

The Sleeping Beauty marked the beginning of my pantomime season, and what an excellent start it was! This lively production catered to a diverse audience, with a nearly sold-out matinee filled with enthusiastic children and parents, setting a festive tone. The direction of this production, showcased dedication and professionalism and the Watermans Theatre was effectively utilized, avoiding overcrowding despite the large cast on stage.

Confident performances from all actors indicated thorough rehearsals and an overall enjoyable experience. The musical direction adeptly accommodated the varied age range of the cast, allowing everyone their moment to shine, from solo performances by leads to the full chorus singing together. During certain parts, such as Queen Dottle's Man, I Feel Like A Woman and a solo of Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years, a female voice came over the sound system without proper credit, leaving the source unidentified.

The choreography successfully accommodated the diverse cast, incorporating hand actions during group numbers and showcasing individual dancers in a lively Act Two Cats Overture moment.

St Faith’s Players received a positive response from the audience, who engaged enthusiastically with callbacks, singing, and clapping. The Sleeping Beauty proved to be a well-received production, achieving the essence of a delightful pantomime experience for all.