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Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs Christmas Season 2011/2012

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Stage Review

Published Tuesday 3 January 2012 at 10:40 by Neil Bonner

There’s something very comforting about a panto that markets itself as a warm, entertaining family show and proceeds to deliver exactly that. This production is an unpretentious, honest-to-goodness affair that hits the spot perfectly. It’s as traditional as you are ever likely to see but with plenty to keep modern audiences thoroughly entertained.

George Critchley has assembled a first-rate cast who do justice to his lively script, especially when Keith De’Winter and Mark Peachey take centre stage as the Dame, Mrs Duddles, and Muddles. Peachey’s hilarious facial expressions alone are worth the price of a ticket. The pair are a joy to behold as they work tirelessly to ensure maximum audience participation. Amy Skillman is a superb wicked Queen Cruella – her commanding stage presence and fantastic singing voice are a sheer delight, while former Coronation Street star Chris Quinten is a particularly scary Ramsbotton, the wicked queen’s hideous servant. Snow White Lauren Atkins and Keith Henderson as her Prince combine beautifully on vocals, and Ceris Hine must be one of the best fairies around this season. The story and staging may creak a little here and there, but never enough to detract from the overall enjoyment.

Production information
Management:
George Critchley for PMA Productions Ltd
Cast:
Lauren Atkins, Chris Quinten, Keith De’Winter, Mark Peachey, Amy Skillman, Ceris Hine, Keith Henderson
Director:
George Critchley
Design:
David Walton
Sound:
John Ormerod (Oswaldtwistle)/Andrew Derry (Cannock)/Neil Dolman (Colne)
Lighting:
Glyn Hughes (Oswaldtwistle)/Andrew Kennerley (Cannock)/Neil Dolman (Colne)
Costumes:
Irene Whitehall
Choreography:
Hayley Newnes
Musical direction:
Michael Jeffrey

Run sheet:
Civic Theatre, Oswaldtwistle
7th – 17th December, 2011
Prince of Wales Cannock
24th – 31st December, 2011
Municipal Hall Colne
6th – 22nd January, 2012