Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Regent Theatre, Ipswich, until Sunday, December 30
10:01 24 December 2012
Props proved more of a problem than anything Kate Richards’ Wicked Queen could throw at Snow White and co.
Catching her costume on a giant cardboard candlestick, it took a determined Peter Duncan as Muddles several goes to stop it from falling.
Next it was a simple bench’s turn to outwit Duncan, Chris Casserly’s Dame Dolly Doughnut and Sapphire Elia’s Snow White who sent it tumbling.
The impressive set looked a bit shaky at times too and there were a few first night fumbles - miss-timed cues, a member of the stage crew making an unscheduled appearance due to the same pesky bench.
But nobody cared, the cast did everything they could to get us all involved; particularly Sarah-Jane Honeywell as feisty Fairy Faraway.
There were nice routines with songs everybody knew and could sing-a-long to, which they did. The singing was of the level you’d expect from a cast boasting two musical theatre stars in the shape of Sam Attwater as Prince Lorenzo and Elia.
There were some topical references for the adults and in-jokes - the Emmerdale theme playing softly while former soap actress Elia waited for true love’s kiss to wake her, Dancing on Ice winner Attwater needing to get his skates on, a nod to Duncan’s Chief Scout days and so on.
A traditional fairy tale with a traditional panto twist thrown in; the kids didn’t stop cheering, booing and screaming and were on their feet by the end.
Enchanted Entertainment return next year with Peter Pan.