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Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, The Playhouse, WSM Review 17th December 2018



 
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, The Playhouse, WSM Review 17th December 2018 
 
The Playhouse, Weston-super- Mare always puts on a corking good panto, full of family fun and good old fashioned entertainment and in our view this year’s Snow White topped them all. We knew it was going to be something different when we were each given a pair of 3D glasses with a conspiratorial wink from the usher before we were seated.

To set the scene the show begins with some lively singing and dancing by the villagers of the kingdom before we are introduced to Snow White and her best friend ever, Muddles. Lucy Kane is our Snow White who is perfect for the role, dances and sings beautifully and looks as fresh as the morning dew. Muddles is played by Mike Goble an adept joker and I’m pleased to say also an expert in messy custard pie comedy. Health and Safety has all but killed this mainstay of panto and we were delighted to see it so well revived here.

There can’t be a pantomime without a dame we say and what a dame Nurse Nellie was, aka Richard Alan. Heaving bosoms, wild wigs and flouncy skirts, she successfully seduced at least one man in the front row and if losing one of her wild wigs was a mistake it was hysterically funny. So, the Wicked Queen (boo, hiss) : Linda Lusardi was superb in this guise, dripping with venom and all us ladies had ‘clingy dress with no lardy bits’ envy so hated her even more (boo, hiss)…..
 
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, The Playhouse, WSM Review 17th December 2018 

Jared Thompson was the Prince with the whiter than white smile and can-do attitude, plus of course a fine singing voice. We were invited to coo appreciatively every time he appeared on stage and of course we did. Snow White was ably supported by her seven little helpers led by Jack Hilton as Crabby (he wasn’t) followed by Doddy (named as a tribute to the late Sir Ken who was patron of the Friends of the Playhouse), Snotty, Giddy, Diddy, Shabby and Body (the smallest bodybuilder in the UK) each a unique character and very entertaining.

John Altman made a cameo appearance as The Mirror, and also incidentally in the bar happily signing autographs. The band of keys and percussion, Joshua Newport, Ian Tucker and Sam Felton made great music and we thought the choreography and dancing was very professional. The special effects are a marvellous surprise and add to the evening immensely; we loved it and would see it again tomorrow. Oh yes, and on the way out a gentleman behind us was heard to say he really enjoyed himself but would like to have a seen a bit more of Linda Lusardi – as Basil Brush would say – boom boom!

It’s a full five stars for this production.

Jacquie Vowles 
 
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, The Playhouse, WSM Review 17th December 2018 


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