Cashel Pantomime Society’s 2013 production Sleeping Beauty came to a close on Sunday night after a fabulous five show run.
The numbers in the audience for the final night were down a little but the other four performance were staged before rapturous full houses.
For whatever reason here was a huge change of cast members from last years show with the appeal of staging the fun and lighthearted show to cheer the community bringing in many new people this year.
The entire company, with the exception of a few familiar faces, were new and in most cases threading the boards for the first time. The latter in no way detracted from the performance or the enjoyment of the show.
These young performers did a remarkable job and overall put on a very enjoyable production.
Producer John Hally and his team put on a fine show, in keeping with what we have come to expect from a society now in it’s thirty first year.
Damien McCarron’s scenery, like good wine, gets better with time. His understanding of perspective and colour single him out as a special talent and his work adds wonderfully to the show’s setting.
Musical director Kevin Carroll and his band were in fine form and added greatly to the show, that sweet sounding clarinet coming in for special mention from those who enjoyed the wonderful music.
The dance scene from the witches lair, with it’s dark misty ambience, was particularly impressive and memorable on a night of rhythmic and light footwork from the chorus line. The dancers brought the atmosphere to life.
To single out any of such a young and inexperienced cast might prove to be counter productive, they were all great! Every part was played with panache and good humour and was thoroughly enjoyed by those sitting in the audience.
On the evidence of what we saw over the show’s five performance run the future looks bright for Cashel Pantomime Society. Bring on the next show!