Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society’s pantomime has become synonymous with Halloween and this year the Society chose to stage Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, a suitably dark fairytale for the season.
The show finished its eight-day run with a matinee performance at the Strand Theatre on Sunday last, which attracted a full house.
This was the Society’s second staging of the Snow White panto in four years but the production team succeeded in bringing a fresh look to the show, which boasted a cast of 150, including more than 100 children and teenagers from the Society’s Academy of Performing Arts.
And boy did director Padraig Sheehan and his production team pack a lot into the show.
A huge amount of work went into preparing this panto and audiences definitely got their money’s worth with scenes full of hilarious slapstick comedy, top class singing, dancing and, of course, very cute set piece performances from the talented young children of the Academy of Performing Arts.
The eclectic mix and huge number of songs performed throughout the show was truly impressive ranging from the Beatle’s Hey Jude and the Monkees “I’m a Believer” to the Time Warp song from the Rocky Horror Show, and the Funky Gibbon (performed by the panto gorillas). Hits from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Robbie Williams and the great musicals also featured.
Hanna Foley gave one of the stand out performances of the show as the evil Queen Sovain and the loud boos she was greeted with from all the children in the audience showed she was very convincing in the role of the panto baddy.
Fergus Power reprised his role as the show’s leading panto dame, Nursie, with great energy. He had young and old laughing throughout the show with his comedic capers in this very demanding role.
Bobby Landers and James Dowley were equally excellent as the comedic duo Rashers and Sausage. The comedian Pat Shortt was obviously Bobby Landers inspiration for his interpretation of the role as Rashers and he carried it off to perfection. And the duo’s performance of Shortt’s novelty hit The Breakfast Roll song was one of the highlights of the show.
The leads of Snow White and Prince Charming were played by Nicole Smith and Jamie Murphy. Murphy displayed a gorgeous singing voice in his performances, particularly during the medley of love songs he sang in duet with Snow White in the first act.
Great credit must go to the large cast of children and teenagers, who stood shoulder to shoulder with the adult leads as the stars of the show. The dancing, singing and acting of all concerned from the seven dwarfs and the youngest children, who sang “Catch a Falling Star” with Snow White to the groups of older children who performed “Be Our Guest” and “Having a Hunch”, showed the Musical Society has a bright future ahead with the talent it’s nurturing at its Academy of Performing Arts.
And praise must also be given to the dance routines, skillfully choreographed by Amy Walsh. The illuminated hands dance scene that opened the second act was a highlight for this reviewer.