Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Panto ☆☆☆☆4
Showing from - Tuesday, December 8, 2015 through till Sunday, January 3, 2016
Hull New Theatre - Kingston-upon-Hull
Jackie Foottit | Wednesday, December 9, 2015
I honestly thought the big-eared elf walking down the aisle at the Hull New Theatre was part of the panto, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs.
But, no, the brave lady wearing the giant ears, plus elf hat, unashamedly took her seat in the stalls, for the opening night of what turned out to be a laugh-a-minute experience. Oh, yes it did!
The talented ensemble added more colour and energy to proceedings, as did local youngsters from the LWHS School of Dance
Of course, when the stars are none other than comedians Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball, the laughs are guaranteed. The duo’s well-aired childish chatter and mannerisms are still a joy to behold, and, as the Queen’s henchmen, they didn’t disappoint.
Also on top form was X-Factor winner, Jo McElderry, whose strong singing voice brought some sanity and sophistication to proceedings. As The Man In The Mirror, bedecked in silver and sequins, he tried his best to keep a straight face when on stage with the pesky henchmen – no mean feat.
The age-old story of the beautiful princess, Snow White (Charlotte Haines), who eats a poisoned apple given to her by her jealous wicked stepmother, Queen Sadista (Lucy Williamson) and is saved by a kiss from a handsome prince, Prince Harry of Hull (Luke Newton), needs no introduction or explanation.
But what does need explaining is how on earth Bobby Ball flew through the air off the front of the stage, on a full-sized motorbike; or how the wicked queen pulled off the same aerobatics on a huge, red-eyed, black bat. Simply stunning theatrics.
But my favourite characters were the seven dwarfs. Grown men, made to look like small people – their costumes were utterly amazing. Every move they made brought the house down.
The stage setting was kept simple, everything from a huge storybook to a woodland cottage to a palace, set the scenes perfectly. The odd flash and bang added to the excitement.
The talented ensemble added more colour and energy to proceedings, as did local youngsters from the LWHS School of Dance who, as Babes, wrought many an “ah” from the enraptured crowd. And a live orchestra played its part in the fun and games.
Of course, audience participation is mandatory on nights such as this and, it being the season of goodwill, I joined in (once a year is my limit, though, for such shenanigans).
Family fun at its best.
Written by: Alan McHugh. Additional material by Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball
Director: Bob Tomson
Executive Producer: Michael Harrison
Musical Director: Philip Shute
Choreographer: Matt Flint
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