Modern twist to classic fairytale
WHEN Queen Cruella, the evil stepmother, says "Black Wing, they are booing me!" within moments of the start of a pantomime, you know it is going to be a great evening.
Bampton Players' Snow White had all the right ingredients of love, emotion, fear, suspense, and lashings of humour.
It was a feast, in fact, for the packed audiences who savoured every minute, and got stuck in with the cheering, booing, hissing, and singing. Although this was very much a traditional family panto including many lines in verse, it had modern twists such as the Dwarfs having a sat-nav.
Newcomer to the Players, Wendy Mirams, was horribly believable as the arrogant and vain Queen with an eye to murder our too-beautiful heroine, and Barney Hopkinson as Black Wing, her oily and sneery sidekick. His frustrated antics when magically transformed into a crow will be remembered for some time.
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The title role was taken by Lucy Nicholas who proved to have a lovely singing voice. The part of Prince Frederick was taken by Krie Ball, another newcomer to the Players, and she showed remarkable confidence.
All pantos require a dame, and Dame Dolly Dumpling (Geoff Thomas) was played with miles of over-the-top gusto and hilarity, particularly in her excursions through the audience and while unsuccessfully trying to chat up the Prince. Her son Danny Dumpling was played comically by Judi Thomas. Fairy Goodheart (Jane Wilson) was the nervous student, and Prof. Wonderwings (Barbara Knagg) the forthright teacher.
Although the Queen and Black Wing were the villains of the piece, they required two wicked henchmen, Bogwort (Simon Bartlett) and Stinkwort (Terry Knagg) to attempt to kill Snow White. Unsurprisingly, in this they failed dismally, and were so inept that they had the audience in stitches. Boggy, the Del-Boy character was played with wonderful comic timing, and Stinky, the even more gormless one of the pair, with convincing feeble-mindedness.
The show was stolen by the Dwarfs, played by the young members of Bampton Drama Group.
Congratulations must be made to the team of people who put together such a large number of amazingly colourful and imaginative costumes.