The Three Musketeers - a pantomime

Date 26th November 2014
Society Overton Dramatic Society
Venue St Mary's Hall, Overton
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Aimee Charlton with Rebekah Sims
Musical Director Frank Bell

Report

Author: Chris Horton

The Three Musketeers is the famous story by Alexander Dumas and is given the panto treatment in this production, written by Chris Liversidge.  In this delightful swashbuckling adventure, D’artganan  sets out for Paris to become a Musketeer.  Accompanying him is his scene-stealing horse, Mangetout.  There were strong performances in this rip-roaring yarn and no opportunities were missed to include local references and involve the audience.

The enthusiasm of the cast: principals, chorus, guards and citizens resounded through this good natured production.  Some members of the cast deserve praise for their attempts at a French accent, sometimes with hilarious results.  All the principals had a natural easy stage presence and kept the action going.  Throughout the production there was a huge emphasis on fun and enjoyment. The cast obviously relished their roles as they attempted the fight scenes while simultaneously singing or delivering lines. I particularly enjoyed the scene in The Cardinal’s Gallery when the paintings came to life (an ingenious design enabling the actors to blend into the curtains) with Mona Lisa, Will Shakespeare and the Laughing Cavalier exchanging corny jokes and well known quotes Directors: Aimee Charlton and Rebekah Sims are to be congratulated on this evening which was full of fun and offered all that is best about traditional panto.