The Sleeping Beauty, a traditional Pantomime by Norman Robbins, was
expertly choreographed and directed by Bryony Worthy, her debut as
a director! Well-done Bryony for rising to the challenge and taking
us all on!
Take a bow the Helmdon Bridge Players.
Dave Bridger as the amorphous Dame Ammonia went down a storm cultivating
the audience rewriting the script on a nightly basis and entertaining
us all with ad-lib so that every performance was a revelation! He
was brilliantly cast alongside Neil Smith as the court jester Tickles.
The pair had us all thoroughly entertained. They certainly kept
Val Smith the prompt on her toes! I am not sure which version I
The royal couple were Wiggy (Karin Smith) as the dizzy Queen Semolina
and Matthew Sleath as King Cedric the long-suffering husband.
Vanessa Vicars as the good Fairy Azuriel played an excellent foil
for the dastardly wicked fairy Carabosse (the least said about her
the better). I certainly preferred Vanessa's makeup, infinitely
Dame Ammonia Goodbody and her
love interest Tickles.
Fusspot played by Richard Pamment finally got his accent sorted
to portray the fumbling Chamberlain and once again got the role
off to a fine art.
The dancers had choreographed their own dance to perform the insect
ballet, which was supported by the lighting and special effects
team. The overall effect was stunning and a credit to the girls
for all their hard work. Chloe Lovett played her first Bridge Players
acting role as Sleeping Beauty and played a beautiful principal
girl. Barbara Cox and Felicity Dyndor as Shout and Bawl the two
Heralds performed a great double act delivering their very corny
lines with aplomb!
Kathy Quiney, Jane Brown, Louise Stothard and Kim Lovett performed
miracles once again with their skills with brush and makeup sponge.
Gareth Dean, John Plunkett, Mark Underwood and Jamie Stothard rose
to the occasion to play as the band. They created a lively atmosphere
and kept us all going when silence prevailed.
Paul Underwood, John Coatsworth and the backstage team once again
supported us all with an ancient churchwarden staff, a few branches
and one or two interesting seating arrangements. The team also supplied
the obligatory bangs and crashes in almost the right places. Phil
Bridger, Mark Underwood and Sam Blackwell demonstrated their skills
in sound effects and lighting to bring the whole performance to
All much fun and a super group of people to work with. A great production!
Report by Sue Blackburn.
As a special added extra this year we have an interview
with a cast member!
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