Review of Sleeping Beauty - Autumn 2015
The first night of St. Stephens Player’s production of Sleeping Beauty produced by Tracy Graham opened to a full house. And from beginning to end the audience were kept entertained. The traditional tale of sleeping beauty was brought to life with a cast and chorus eager to show their last five months of hard work.
Fairy Lilac played by Jessica Fort opened the show. This is Jessica's first principal role for the players and she played the part of fairy with ease and charm. For every fairy there is a witch and this was played by Elaine Taberner and just as Fairy Lilac said she overflowed with malice.
Next it was Muddles played by Jordan Ellis to lead the chorus in the opening number. Jordan again is taking on his first major role as palace handyman and kept everyone entertained with his silly antics throughout. Les Newcombe played dame nurse Dottie Dettol and again kept the audience engaged and laughing with the experience he has built up over the years.
King Cactus and Queen Marigold played by Jean Beeston and Susan Tighe played well together on stage and sang a couple of lively duets. Fetch and Carrie the palace messengers played by Tina Wolstenholme and Lucy Thorpe bounced off each other on stage and produced a fantastic scene involving envelopes and name places. Lucy was also taking on her first principle role this year.
Princess Rose (Sleeping Beauty) played by the young Sasha Brennand performed and sang the role with confidence and ability, and eventually after 116 years got to live happily ever after with her prince performed by Amy Tattersall who had no problem in performing this role again singing some confident
solos and duets.
Four rainbow fairies assisted fairy lilac well throughout the show fairy red (Molly Heywood) fairy yellow (Leah Rowley) fairy green (Sophie Ashworth) and fairy blue (Sophie Barker). Good job girls.
All this was brought together by a well-rehearsed chorus. All choreographed by Morgan Leigh Anderson. There was some great numbers that the chorus obviously enjoyed performing. The cast were greatly supported by sound provided by John Ormerod; lighting by Paddy Keane and stage manager Martin Johnson. Chorus and cast all looked the parts in fantastic period costumes and a big thank you to the Christine, Joan, Val and Edith for all their hard work in the costume department.
Once again St Stephen’s Player’s showed their combined talents of up and coming teenagers supported by the “older” ones who entertaining packed audiences with song, dance and laughter.
Review composed by Tracy Graham
A great night out for all the family.