Old Mother Goose, when she wanted to wander/ Would ride through the air on a very fine gander / Jack’s mother came in and caught the goose soon / and mounting its back flew up to the moon.
And true to form the Tipperary Pantomime’s performance flew everyone to the moon with fine performances from its cast and lead performers as well as entertaining songs and great dance routines from the chorus.
The show opened with the chorus singing Abba’s, ‘I Had a Dream’ with the Fairy Queen (Shannon Barron) and Fairy Tinkle (Lorna O’Brien) setting the plot with the bad Fairy, Lauren Browne.
Mother Goose is one of the oldest stories to be turned into a pantomime - a story about good and evil and greed. The character Mother Goose was played by comic maestro Pat Ryan who relayed Mother Goose’s unhappiness with her appearance and dreams of being beautiful and wealthy with comedy and hilarious entertainment.
The pantomime opened at the Fairy Court where the Fairy Queen had to decide which persons of the human race was deserving of help. Believing Mother Goose is of good character she sends her Priscilla (Chanice Quinn) the Golden Egg laying Goose, to make Mother Goose very wealthy.
While Mother Goose aspired to riches and beauty, the characters ‘Null’ and ‘Void’ played by twins Emma & Chloe Quinn and ‘Horatio Graball’ played by Kevin Ryan, created their own mischief making, which led to daft and hysterical interactions and frantic chases through colourful scenery.
Pat was surrounded by a fine talented cast with Mickeala Coffee playing Gill Goose, Lorraine Kenneally as Bilt Goose, Alan Ryan as Tommy, Stephen Stokes as Barron Hardup and Stacey O’Keefe as Mrs. Homer alongside the villages Kevin and Maria Kinane.
There is always great pleasure in watching the villains get their comeuppance while the many children taking part enthusiastically dance and sing from one scene to the next. The chorus got the audience rocking with the songs: ‘I’m a Believer, (Shrek), ‘Forget You’ (Cee Lee Green), ‘Marry Me’ (Bruno Mars), ‘Dance with Me Tonight’ (Olly Murs), ‘Walking on Sunshine’ (Katrina and the Waves) and ‘Come on Everybody (Elvis).
The children also sang Little Mix’s version of ‘Doe a Deer and Wings’.
Pat Ryan’s Mother Goose solo, ‘Man I Feel Like A Woman and Devil in Disguise’ brought the house down and Lauren Brown’s (Barracuda) version of ‘Roling in the Deep’ (Adele) was hugely applauded with great credit given.
Other solo performances to be applauded was the solo, ‘Truly, Madly Deeply, sung by Jill Goose (Mickeala Coffee) and ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Alan Ryan. Another highlight was the duet by Mickeala and Alan, ‘The Way You Look Tonight’.
As with any good pantomime there is a moral to the story. Mother Goose exchanges Priscilla the golden goose for beauty and in so doing loses her identity, family and friends who fail to recognize, or have anything to do with the new Mother Goose. Eventually Mother Goose realizes that beauty and wealth cannot bring happiness and longs to be her old self again.
Congratulations to the cast and crew for another entertaining and brilliant showcase for the young talent of Tipperary Town. Production and Scriptwriter Paddy Ryan, assisted by Pat Ryan created another hugely entertaining show. Thanks to Musical Director, Pat Marnane on keyboards and Colm Hanranhan on percussion and Fran Marnane on bass. And a huge thanks to choreographers Melissa Roche, Catherine Ryan and all the backstage crew who made this show possible.