Sleeping Beauty by Ben Crocker Barnes Community Players, Kitson Hall, Barnes
Barnes Community Players
Kitson Hall - 04 December 2018
Woolly Winter Warmer
by Ben Crocker
Barnes Community Players, Kitson Hall, Barnes until 2nd December
Review by Ian Nethersell
Once upon a time, in the land of ‘Woollybarnes’, we were warmly welcomed to a panto production by the Barnes Community Players: Sleeping Beauty. On entering the hall we were greeted with warming mulled wine, most appreciated on a dank night. The seasonal cheer continued as we were greeted and seated by Mrs Santa, wearing a duly appropriate festive fascinator! The overall effect was very jolly and Christmassy.
The colourful set was designed and constructed by the multi-talented Francesca Stone, who, as well as taking on the role of Princess Aurora, also directed the whole show together with Symeon Wade. Francesca was an energetic and likeable Princess who displayed a pleasant singing voice and good rapport with the audience.
Annie Collenette as Kitty the cat was a loveable character, showcasing well-observed cat mannerisms, while Alexa Bushell as Billy, the court’s chief washer-upper, clerk and every other role under the sun, shone with strong stage presence and a well-projected voice. Special mention must go to Jill Turetzsky and Julie Smith as the evil fairy Carabosse and her cat Spindleshanks. This pair really embraced their remit of nastiness and gave a spirited rendition of One Way or Another, hugely appreciated by the audience.
The traditional Fairy Godmother role was played by Marie Bushell. However her standout moment was her transformation into a Cockney serving wench in the second half. Roll Out the Barrel showcasing Marie and the enthusiastic chorus was the most memorable of all.
Read Ian Nethersell’s full review at www.markaspen.wordpress.com/2018/11/30/sleep-beauty-bcp
Photography by Lewis McCarthy
Sleeping Beauty by Ben Crocker