REVIEW: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs @ Floral Pavilion 19/12/09

Having recently celebrated it’s first birthday, the new Floral Pavilion is playing host to it’s second pantomime over the festive period, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and our editor Rich Denton took his family along to the opening matinee of the season.

If you’ve got kids going to the panto is as much of a Christmas tradition as turkey and mince pies, so anticipation was high as we all made our way to the lush surroundings of the “Floral” for the first matinee performance. The show adopts the traditional panto format with plenty of crowd participation, booing of the Wicked Queen played by the fabulous Pauline Daniels and interludes from local dance school students which keep interest levels high. The stars of the show though were without doubt local radio celebrity Pete Price who plays host in his role as Muddles the court jester and local panto dame extraordinaire Roy Brandon as Nurse Glucose who entertained us with gags, custard pies and other capers.

Local student Kate Mellors who plays the lead role of Snow White performed superbly and her voice outshone the rest of the cast including that of the prince played by former Eurovision entrant Scooch’s Russ Spencer who never the less was a worthy addition to the cast. Perhaps with first performance nerves everyone was keen to land their lines correctly, so it would be interesting to see the show again as the run progresses, when a more relaxed cast can enjoy themselves a little bit more.

The visuals where excellent with Ked Dodd appearing as the face of the magic mirror. Credit should also go to the set designers for creating a wonderful fantasy feeling to the show. There were a couple of minor first show technical hitches that will iron themselves out as the production beds in particular the voices of the dwarfs which were a bit too quiet to understand properly at times.

I attended the show with my wife and two kids aged 2 & 4 and the only opinion that matters at the panto is that of the children and while my 2 year old became a bit weary towards the end, my older daughter loved it, singing and dancing throughout the show.

The show provides great family entertainment which is what panto it’s all about, oh yes it is! But, if you want to go along this year, you will need to hurry as tickets are selling fast and the theatre looks set once again for another sell out festive season.

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