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Snow White panto review

Peter Warner and Mel Dakin from Holme Grown Players' Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Peter Warner and Mel Dakin from Holme Grown Players' Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Holme Grown Players

Holme Grown Players can draw upon the strength of the talented Dakin sisters to keep their pantomime flowing, as was the case with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

There is no doubting the huge audience response to this new group which revived am-dram in Holme-on-Spalding Moor, with 600 tickets sold.

As if to underline the hard work, founder and producer, Louise Ratcliffe wrote in the programme: “People think this pantomime happens overnight. Believe me, it doesn’t.”

Mel Dakin fulfilled her dream of playing a princess, in the title role of Snow White, whilst at risk of a premature end by her sister Steff as the evil Queen Nefaria.

As we know, panto is ad-lib land and the on-stage prompting was hilarious: “If only Muddles would come on now..” said Snow White at an awkward pause.

Then how would the Prince (Sam Marriage) attract Snow White’s attention and ask for a dance at a party? He was kitted out as a Top Gun pilot with cap and sunglasses by the three fairies.

We were promised a more modern take on this traditional story, so Snow White has a mobile phone and Prince George is given a satnav to find her.

Even the not-so dwarfs have been updated – including one called Bovvered.

This was a panto, which mixed in Wizard of Oz with traces of Robin Hood.

DIY shop owner Margret Hobson grabbed the line of the day with “Yer know, when they offered me a part in the panto, it would either be a tree or mirror.”

That’s showbiz.

 

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