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Excellent pantomime cast moving with the times

By Herald Express  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

  • fabulous: Katy Parr

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Newton Abbot and District Musical Comedy Society

THERE'S no doubt about it, Newton Abbot and District Musical Comedy Society are a talented bunch and their latest offering, Sleeping Beauty, really proves that.

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The cast are really passionate about performing and the overall show was fun to watch.

Katy Parr as the village idiot Muddles was fabulous. Her antics, comedy timing and pure madcap behaviour was a definite highlight.

She did her best to get the audience involved, despite their initial groans. By the time she sung the Grand Old Duke of York in the second act the whole auditorium was on their feet and singing along.

Panto dame Nurse Dottie Dettol, played by Darren Parr, also added to the hilarity of the show.

Sophie Hayden was graceful as the Good Fairy Lilac and she showed off her top vocals during Somewhere Over The Rainbow. It was a stunning performance and every note was spot on.

Her nemesis Bad Witch Hazel (Frankie Floris) was also on form and got the audience booing and hissing in all the right places.

The lead, Jasmine Kewell as Princess Rose, can really hold a note. I particularly liked her rendition of I Know It's Today from the musical Shrek, which showed off her vocal range perfectly.

Some amateur productions can look a little dated, but I love the fact NADMCS move with the times and include modern songs which youngsters can identify as well as the classics.

Tracks such as Maroon 5's Moves Like Jagger and the Olly Murs hit Dance With Me Tonight went down a treat.

Choreographer Claire Robinson worked her magic on the routines and did a great job.

The senior dancers showed off their talents and performed well-rehearsed routines with ease and confidence.

The 'Stomp' style tap dance was a real spectacle which would easily have been slotted into any professional pantomime as it was slick and polished.

The choreography to Born To Handjive from the musical Grease was also well received.

My only tiny gripe is that when the whole cast is on stage performing, there needed to be a step or two or less people on stage as it looked extremely crowded.

NADMCS have the solid foundations to produce entertaining shows year on year as they've got a committed and talented team and it's great to see residents and visitors alike pack out the Alexandra Theatre to keep local live theatre going.


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