Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society’s Halloween pantomime “Sinbad and The Vampirettes” is a rollicking two hours of music and dance.
This is the third time in the Musical Society’s 60 year history that the fairytale figure of Sinbad The Sailor has been the subject of its annual pantomime.
This latest version of Sinbad has a suitably Halloween theme mixing fairytale characters, pirates, gothic vampire horror and the tropical South Seas with large dollops of comedy and slapstick.
The show tells the story of how our hero Sinbad goes to the rescue of the beautiful Princess Aisling, who has been kidnapped by the evil vampire “Count Drac-cool” on her wedding day.
Caolan Deehy-Power and Marie Kelly are making their debut as leading man and lady in the show and are very ably filling the shoes of Sinbad and his love interest, the pirate Selina.
Fergus Power has the most demanding role of the show as the colourful panto dame “Mother Salubria”. He and his side kicks Bobby Landers and James Dowley as “Red Rudolf” and “Whitey Snow” deliver some great comic moments. On particular highlight is when Red and Whitey appear on stage dressed in fetching hula skirts and matching bikini tops.
AIMS best actress winner Irene Malone and Pat Quinn-Bolger give stand out performances as the wicked Rhesus Positive and Rhesus Negative vampire witches while Audie Murphy is a very suave Count Drac-cool.
What shines most brightly from this show though is the exuberent ensemble singing and dancing scenes from all the cast and the truly eclectic mix of songs they perform spanning country ranging from folk punk, music theatre and films to pop, rock and light operetta.
In the first act alone, the cast had the audience clapping and singing along to The Pogues “Fiesta” , Garth Brooks’ hit “I Got Friends in Low Places” and the rousing “Cat Like Thread” anthem from the Pirates of Penzance. You can’t get more contrasting songs than those - and they were great fun.
Great credit must also go to the large contingent of young performers from the Musical Society’s Academy of Performing Arts.
From the little boys and girls performing the Addams Family Theme in the opening scene to the older teenagers performing Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes”, they showed the Society has a very bright future ahead.
The panto’s costuming also deserves special praise.
The costume department had to dress a huge array of characters from sword wielding pirates, vampires, sailors, belly dancing genies and a prince and princess to hula dancers and a chorus of ghoulish zombies, and did so very well indeed. The pantomime is half way through its run at the Strand Theatre and some tickets are still available for the last few shows that finish on Sunday afternoon with a matinee performance. As with the opening matinee on Sunday, children are invited to attend the show in fancy dress and a prize will be awarded to the best dressed.