From left, front, Elsie-May Collings, nine, Lily Cragg, ten, Georgia Prangnell, 13, Rosie McCarthy, ten, Mia Harris, 14, Aimee Howard, six, and Courtney Stevens, nine. Back, Wayne Child, Amy Joyce, Victoria Pitt and Becky Giakoumelos.
STAGE REVIEW FESTIVE FUN was had by all at Cowes Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society’s production of Snow White.
A cast of all ages took to the stage at the Trinity Theatre, in the well thought-out pantomime production, chock full of ad libbing, innunendo, cheesy jokes and custard pies.
Wayne Child returned once again as the dame, pleasing the crowds in ridiculous outfits and make up as he led the cast as Dame Senna Pod, the head cook of the Royal Court.
He was clearly at ease as he strutted the stage, not even batting an enormous false eyelash when his next line eluded him, instead turning it to his advantage and using it as an opportunity to ad-lib to the crowd, who revelled in the deviation from the script.
The pantomime stuck with tradition and had a girl as the principal male lead, Amy Joyce, who played Prince Valentine, the dashing and gallant love interest of Snow White, who was played by Victoria Pitt.
The traditional boos and hisses were elicited by the big stage presence of the Evil Queen, played convincing by Becky Giakoumelos, and a crowd favourite was the comedy double act formed between Pete Harris’s Neville the Chamberlain, and Georgia McCarthy, who played the cleverly designed magic mirror with attitude.
The stars of the show were the seven girls who played the dwarfs, closely followed by the tiny children playing bears and bunnies, who melted the hearts of the audience whenever they bounced onto the stage.
The dwarfs’ comic timing, and expressive faces were captivating, particularly during a sad number when Snow White was poisoned by her evil stepmother.
The supporting cast provided a mix of hilarious German accents and entertaining group songs and dances.
The musical element was entertaining and varied. The band were jazzy and buoyant as they led the cast in songs such as Monster Mash, Dolly Parton’s Working Nine to Five, Cliff Richard’s Devil Woman, and Food Glorious Food from the musical Oliver!
The cast of Snow White clearly enjoyed themselves on stage as they kicked off Christmas in Cowes.