We have just 3 performances left of our brilliant Cinderella pantomime! But don’t take our word for it (or the sold out performances), have a read of the review we received below!
Cinderella – Friday 11th January 2019
“I have been an attendee at the Haslemere Thespians’ annual pantomime at the Haslemere Hall for many years now. We took our children when they were small and then found we kept going even when they were “too cool” for it. Last night I had the pleasure of watching the Thespians’ 2019 production of Cinderella. And I have to say, it was brilliant! I went along with every intention to write a very balanced review but it really was fantastic. Hats off to director, Sally Waghorn; musical director, Chris Snelling and producer/choreographer, Kim Seymour.
We all know the story – poor down trodden Cinders is abused by her ugly step-sisters, until her Fairy Godmother steps in to send her to the Prince’s ball, where she falls in love. Sadly the magic runs out at midnight and Cinders is forced to make a speedy retreat, misplacing her glass slipper enroute. Luckily the Prince searches the land for the fair maiden the slipper doth fit and they all live happily ever after. Except in the panto version we are joined by some endearing additional characters:- the Prince’s valet, the cheeky Dandini; the blundering Baron Hardup; Cinderella’s best friend, Buttons; plus an all-singing-all-dancing bunch of village folk. Oh and of course, the ugly sisters are played by men and the Prince by a girl.
Right from the offset, Verity Foster was an energetic and lovable Cinders. She danced, sang and had every small child in the audience utterly convinced she was the real deal. Howard Bicknell gave an endearing and loveable performance as the Baron. Gemma Bowles was full of charm (see what I did there), with just the right level of knee-slapping banter to pull off an excellent principle boy. The obvious chemistry between her and Naomi Robertson (Dandini) made their scenes a joy to watch. Vicki Gavin as the Welsh Fairy G was a delight; and boy that girl can sing! Her song at the end of the first half left me covered in goosebumps. However, the standout performances of the night have to go to Tony Creasey and Rob Lloyd as the evil ugly sisters; and Arran Treacher-Evans as Buttons. Arran is a real gem in the Thespians’ crown at the moment. His ease with the audience and natural comic timing allows you to just sit back, relax and enjoy the show, knowing you are in good hands.
Special mention must also go to the ensemble, in particular the youngsters. Let’s face it, often it is the chorus that can let down an amateur production. Not this lot! From the moment the curtains went back, they were engaged and animated. The choreography was excellent, as were the sets and costumes (Mary Coyte). The attention to detail was just beautiful. The live band added to the whole experience with whistles and bells galore.
It is wonderful to watch the Haslemere Thespians going from strength to strength. I genuinely challenge you to find a better pantomime locally (and that includes the professional ones). In the meantime, I for one will be booking up for next year immediately!”