We have received some great reviews for our shows.
See for yourself.
At The Old Rep Theatre
Birmingham Youth Theatre
by Joe Logan & Adam Swift
For this year’s pantomime Samantha Depper and Joe Logan took on the role of choreographers
and Adam Swift together with Joe Logan that of director,
retaining Chris Corcoran as the musical director.
Joe and Adam were
also responsible for writing this particular version of Snow White.
The team,together with this versatile company produced a show which will be well remembered by the audience.
A simple open stage set was again utilised this year, which gave a large amount of space for the group to enhance and extend the large ensemble numbers, and maximise the ir potential. This all worked to create an
interesting and entertaining production for the audience.
This story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has been updated with
some of the well known characters receiving new names. The villain of the story is Queen Lucretia played by Georgia Taylor and her sidekick
Fleshcreep played by Cameron Simpson-
this proved to be a well maintained pairing that created a strong rapport
with the audience.
Emily Ewins as Snow White gave a lovely performance and was well represented, in the early scenes by Georgina Otero Salgado and
Kamile Kazlauskas, who played the Young Snow White
and Emily Ewins the older one.
The Prince, played by Sam Cox
provided a performance of this supercilious character with zeal.
The two comedy characters Sidekick Sally (Maddison Clarke), who lit up the stage whenever she made an appearance and will be remembered for her rendition of “How Will I Know”, together with Muddles (Joe Logan),
both showed a great flair for comic timing.
The seven dwarfs, Mopey (Abie-Mai Hudson), Weepy (Abi Shriane), Weezy (Abigail Guest), Gok (Dylan JakO’Dwyer), Slappy (Ella Giles), Trumpy (Molly Ewins) and Cashful (Saran Sambhi) all created very strong personalities for the irrespective roles, their
“Kung Fu Fighting” routine will be long remembered by all of the
As well as villagers and animals, there were some seven named dancers who also stood in for the magic mirror. The dancers together with the rest of the company provided strong and memorable scenes,
one in particular was “Skyfall” at the end of act1.
Another memorable moment
was the rendition of “Move Towards The Darkness” when Fleshcreep interplayed with the ‘Mirrors’.
When summing up this production of Snow White, we saw a strong company performing a pantomime, brought up to date by two new authors from within the company, who introduced a number of modern and current songs ,
performed by this talented young company with a great sense of enthusiasm and dedication. There were some hitches on the opening night which spoilt the pace of the show, however sound and lighting created
a good atmosphere in which the company could work, and the locations were enhanced by the set and props. Costumes and makeup were of a good standard, which helped in creating a show that the audience could participate
and enjoy, congratulations to everyone involved..
This version of a well known story was well performed by this group of talented young people. written by Adam Swift and Joe Logan this panto had everything. Fun, laughter,good acting and some great music.
Taking the lead role of Snow White was Emily Ewins, who excelled herself with fine acting and singing. Georgia Taylor played Queen Lucretia, who played this evil role well. Cameron Simpson as the Queens sidekick Fleshcreep was in a role which suited him well, and, had a nice twist at the end of the production when his true identity was revealed. Maddison Clarke played Sidekick Sally, the right hand woman to The Prince. she gave us a wonderful rendition of the song"How will i know", and she deserves all the applause that she received.
Playing the comedy roles were Sam Cox as The Prince and Joe Logan as Muddles. It was good to see these two working together again. Besides playing these two roles they were also transformed into the two Dames of the show. Well done to the writers for thinking of this.
This panto had, of course, Seven Dwarfs, but they were given original names. Really enjoyed Trumpy and weepy. Everytime Weepy cried the audience got wet courtesy of a water cannon shot into the audience. That went down well. Congratulations to the seven young people who played these roles. I do have to mention Dylan Jack O'Dwyer wh0 played Gok. Great actor.
Directors and writers Adam Swift and Joe Logan did a good job with the cast and with good musical arrangement by Chris Cocoran nothing could go wrong. My one criticism of the show was the sound let them down slightly at the commencement of the show, but nothing which the company did not overcome.
Young people are the future of NODA and of amateur theatre as a whole and with this the talen in this company the future is in safe hands.