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Review: Sleeping Beauty The Panto! by Watlington Players

Those attending a show or play presented by The Watlington Players can be sure of enjoying first class entertainment, and anyone going to see their latest Panto production will certainly not be disappointed, writes Andy Tyler.

‘Sleeping Beauty The Panto! is being performed at Watlington Village Hall this Friday at 7.30pm and Saturday at 3pm and 7.30pm and those going, are in for a treat!

Variety is the spice of life they say, and the production has certainly plenty of that in spades.

The Watlingtonn Players are staging a panto of Sleeping Beauty
The Watlingtonn Players are staging a panto of Sleeping Beauty

The performance I attended last weekend sparkled from start to finish with humour, song, dance, colourful costumes, sizzling sound and stage effects and a strong cast from the youngest chorus member to the principal characters.

The traditional elements of a Panto were included, ( oh, yes they were!), and the humour did refer occasionally to current affairs, and some adult innuendo was evident!

The audience participation included was enjoyed by all, especially the ‘Time Warp’ number and there was plenty for all those both young, and young at heart to revel in.

It’s difficult, with such a strong cast, who obviously put much hard work in during rehearsals, to single out individual performances, but I should mention : Sniffles (Steve Brooks), the King and Queen( Hugh Pearce and Jenny Lewis), the ‘ Wicked Witch, Poison Ivy, (Amy Power), Aurora, the Princess, ( Madison Cole), who together with her Prince, (Dominic King), provided us with the show’s romance, and, of course, a marvellously ‘over -the-top’ performance from Richard Ellis as Nursey, the Panto’s Dame.

Other parts were taken by Anthony Culy, Mike Cooke, Jonathan Garratt, Beccy Pooley, Ian Halliday, and I must not forget the three Fairies : Laura May, Philly Macfarlane and Megan Daughtery!

Lastly, well done to all I’ve not mentioned by name, both on and off stage. The show was directed by Megan Abbott, with musical direction from Debbie Bennett and choreography from Jess and Mandi Field.

Stage Manager was Seamus Power. Remember, there’s further performances this Friday and Saturday and we look forward to The Player’s production of ‘Allo ‘Allo toward the end of May.

For further details of this award winning local theatrical company do visit: www.watlingtonplayers.com

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