Sleeping Beauty - Panto ☆☆☆3
Showing from - Tuesday, February 16, 2016 through till Saturday, February 20, 2016
Brewhouse Arts Centre - Burton-upon-Trent
Bill Pritchard | Tuesday, February 16, 2016
What do you want from a pantomime? lots of snippets of pop music - check, plenty of slapstick - check, corny puns galore - check, a wicked villain - check and of course bags of audience participation - check.
Sleeping Beauty, directed and produced by Martin Goodall and Jodie Swann has all this and more. I can't think of a Brewhouse audience that was on board with a production as quickly and as fully committed to having a good time as the opening night crowd here.
There were loads of youngsters and with the excitement of live theatre, glo-sticks and plenty of e-numbers from the sweetie stall in the bar they gave it their all. Sharon Hughes as Prince Orlando and also his great, great grandson - by coincidence also called Orlando - came to the rescue of the princess in a dashing swordfightEven as the kids settled (I use the term loosely) into their seats for the second half - many of the parents were already looking forward to a nightcap and bed.
They cheered the goodies and jeered the baddies roundly and vociferously. So much so that when Fairy Peaceful, played by Gemma East, called for forgiveness for the evil Carabosse, Sarah Goodall, and her henchcat Spindleshanks, Teresa Bray, they were looking to form a lynch mob.
The stalwart cast, led by Chris Knight as Queen Dorothy, Nick Holburn as King Norbert and Ken Dawson as Billy carried the audience with them all the way to the happy ending.
Sam Harrison as Kitty and Charlotte Holburn as Princess Aurora choreographed the show and the cast came together well in the ensemble numbers.
Sharon Hughes as Prince Orlando and also his great, great grandson - by coincidence also called Orlando - came to the rescue of the princess in a dashing swordfight and Ken Dawson did a sterling job with the audience members who were selected to come on stage and lead the singing.
Sleeping Beauty is on at the Brewhouse arts centre until Saturday, February 20th, at 6.30pm on Wednesday and 7.30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. There are also matinee performances on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm.
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