Cinderella 2012

Below are some of the pictures and comments from the feedback forms which were completed by the audience as they were leaving our January 2012 performances of Cinderella at the Cambourne Church.

Completed feedback forms were entered into a draw for the chance to win a meal for two at the Belfry. The winners were Roger and Pat Pinner.

 

Brilliant - had a fabulous time

 It was the best amateur panto I have ever seen

 

 

 Great to see the teenagers taking up the leads - fab

 

 Was fantastic

 

 

It's perfect, more please

 

It was fabulous

 

 Step Mum fantastic

Keep the same cast

 

            It was great

Enjoyed immensely

 

 We are members of NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) and the local rep for NODA, Don Mckay kindly attended one of our performances of Cinderella.  

Here is his review which was published on the NODA website (http://www.noda.org.uk/)

 

Strictly Panto: Cinderella by Richard Ramsay
Producers: Anne Pettifor & Vanessa Turner
Musical Director: Ben Parnell

Performed at the Cambourne Church, 7 pm  Friday 20th January 2012

We were welcomed into the well presented foyer of the Church by  the friendly Front of House team lead by John Pettifor ,who showed us to our seats in the auditorium, where I thought the bean bags at the front for the younger members of the audience was a great idea.. As this was the newly formed Company’s first production, I understand that they have been doing quite a bit of fund raising to get started, and so the staging, built by Jon Hewitt and Richard Ramsay, lighting and scenery was simple but effective. The rotating flats were nicely painted by Nina Sage and efficiently operated by the Cast.  Makeup by  Debbie Millier, Vanessa Turner and Anne Pettifor was very good especially for the Ugly Sisters.

This well written adaptation of Cinderella by Richard Ramsay, was a variation on the theme and worked perfectly well for this relatively small cast and venue, whilst managing to retain all of the traditional Pantomime elements you would expect. 15 year old Harriet Millier was a perfectly lovely Cinderella with a maturity beyond her years and a great singing voice. 15 year old Christian Turner bravely donned the powdered wig and pink frock coat of Prince Charming and did an admirable job. Brian Radbone as Buttons did very well in delivering most of his lines in rhyme and Anne Pettifor was great as the wicked stepmother. Richard Ramsay and Mike Richards had a ball as the Ugly Sisters Emmeroidia and Diarhemia. Vanessa Turner and Peter Sampson were as royal as possible. Robert Wain was a very entertaining Churney the Milkman and David Turner was a soft spoken and very feminine Fairy Godmother. Adam Sampson was likeable as the downtrodden Footman. Jon Hewitt played the evil Ratcatcher with relish as he tried to kill the sweetest bunch of Mice I have ever seen provided by Footsteps Dance Academy. Ben Parnell and Frank Graver provided the musical accompaniment with suitable understatement. Anne Pettifor and Vanessa Turner’s direction was absolutely right given the size of the stage area. There were some good characterisations and most impressive of all was managing to get all of the cast dancing on stage in the ballroom scene.

A most enjoyable evening and I look forward to many more from Strictly Panto.

Don McKay
NODA Regional Representative District 1