Burnley Pantomime Society's production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the classic story made famous by Walt Disney from a Brothers Grimm fairytale, is given the Burnley Pantomime Society polish in this latest production.
A staple panto and family favourite for decades, the society bring this timeless classic to the stage at Burnley Mechanics Theatre with a rousing, colourful and hilarious retelling for a young, contemporary audience.
Bursting with singalong songs, old and new, the show is a whirlwind of gags and music, with a little bit of evil thrown in for good measure – or should that be bad?
Contrasting those two emotions are Becky Wright as the title character and Louise Young as Queen Grimelza. Louise revels in her fun role as the nasty queen, who most certainly isn’t the fairest of them all, and who is intent on proving she really is a bad apple.
Becky is fantastic, too, as the lovely Snow White, whose singing voice is as wholesome as her character. Indeed, there are so many wonderful singers in the production including Sian Maymond and sidekick Jamie-Leigh Hindman as Fairy Goodheart and Wonderwings respectively.
The matinee I saw had a young audience who couldn’t get enough of Sam Parker’s energetic and warm performance as Danny Dumpling, although that may have had something to do with the copious amounts of crisps he dished out.
Panto regular Kevin Kay was once again superb as the panto dame, this time as Dolly Dumpling, whose comic timing was spot on.
We cannot have a Snow White review without mentioning the seven little fellas who are the true heroes of the tale – Isla Standing, Jasmine Bird, Leo Berry, Amy Foulds, Becca Swinburn, Louka Miller and Rosie Chadwick who belie their young years to perform admiarably as the seven dwarfs.
Hilarity is never far away and the bumbling double act of Liam Husband and Leighton Hunt Wharf as Bogwort and Stinkwort whose aptitude for crime stinks the place out. The pair make for an hilarious double act.
Rachel Kay as the queen’s other ally Blackwing is superb, too, as is Angela Foulds as Speaktrue the Mirror. Michael Wright is a perfect dashing prince.
Superb dancers from Sandersons Dance and Fitness Centre rounds out the impressive cast.
Directed by Kayleigh Hindle and Laura Kay, the panto runs until January 22nd.