Sleeping Beauty Panto that Delights All Ages at the Rhyl Pavilion – Review
Those of you that read Blazing Minds will have seen our review of last year’s show of Peter Pan which was an enormous success and a record-breaking panto at the Rhyl Pavilion, which was in association with Martin Dodd of UK Productions, so this year I was looking forward to another spectacular pantomime jam-packed with smash hit songs, stunning sets and costumes and an all-star cast.
This year’s pantomime at the Rhyl Pavilion is the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty, the tale of a wicked witch, a fairy godmother a prince, princess and the idea that love will conquer all.
Seeing a show with a theatre full of school children goes to show how much the panto is enjoyed by the masses, with the loudest moments coming from the onstage presence of Vicky Entwistle as the show’s villain, Carabosse, with the audience of school children screaming “boooooo” when she appears on the stage.
Vicky’s performance is a joy to watch with her coming across as both comical and evil in her rather lavish green costume with Malisifant style horns upon her head, Vicky is a joy to watch as she brings the children to their feet with plenty of excitement of being able to shout out at a villain.
Sean Jones is his usual comic self, as he portrays Silly Billy, the very light entertainment to have the audience laughing and taking part in the many silly, cracker, style jokes that lift the panto from the dark side of the story to the lighter side for comic relief that all ages can enjoy.
Sarah Jane Buckley is delightful as the Good Fairy with her rhyming verse as she introduces the story by flying on to the stage and introducing the show to the audience, the parts where she was singing were very nicely done and she has a lovely singing voice.
Sleeping Beauty is played by Amy Thompson, who most kids will know from Channel 5’s Milkshake, her musical numbers with Prince Philip (Chris Warner Drake) were choreographed and produced very well and were enjoyable to watch and listen to.
I also enjoyed Chris’ performance as Prince Philip and the musical numbers that he performed, he certainly has a presence on the stage and came across as very good panto prince, his moment of flying through time and the special effects had children with their mouths wide open, so lovely to see in this age CGI laden movies these days.
One of the most noticeable things about this year’s Panto at the Rhyl Pavilion is the sets and the lighting, the sets are beautifully designed with the set changes very quickly and seamlessly to produce the fairy tale world of Sleeping Beauty. The lighting is also very nicely done, with the various colours producing the many effects, along with smoke machines, to give the desired effect of bright happy moments to those dark sinister moments to give the younger audience members chills.
The lighting is also used wonderfully along with curtain drops to produce some magical moments, such as lighting up behind to give almost dream-like effects when the prince and beauty are singing at the front of the stage, a lovely dreamy effect that adds to this year’s delightful panto.
With all panto’s you must have a dame and this year’s Panto features Charles Burden as Nanny Glucose, a dame that is comical as they should be and firing off plenty of double entendre to keep the adults amused and some of the kids bewildered by the escapades. There were plenty of laughs as Nanny Glucose flirted with musical director, Stephen Roberts, from the stage to pit.
Sleeping Beauty is a fun and entertaining Panto for all ages to enjoy, the cast is brilliant and the musical numbers stand out very well, if you go and see the show, then look out for the dragon, that’s all I’m saying, don’t really want to give anything away.
Sleeping Beauty runs until Saturday 6th January, tickets are priced from just £9.50. Booking now on 01745 33 00 00 or at www.rhylpavilion.co.uk.
Lots of fun for all ages, a polished production of a panto classic.