2014 Pantomime: Cinderella

Once again it was all tickets sold for the 2014 Otterbourne Pantomime ‘Cinderella’ performed in the Otterbourne Village Hall in January.

The highlight of the show was the transformation scene, when ‘Cinderella’ Bethany Warne went from rags into a beautiful ball gown in only seconds. The Director Kay Warne must be congratulated on making this dress and creating such a magic moment in the show.

There were thirty five people on the stage at one time and the ‘Stage Manager’ Paul Bishop must be congratulated on his skills with managing so many performers and also for producing such wonderful scenery and sets.

Cinderella was portrayed beautifully and Millie Taylor as ‘Prince Charming and Holly Williams as ‘Dandini’ were superb and the quality of their singing was fully appreciated by the audiences. The Wicked Stepmother ‘Baroness Harduppe’ played by Barbara Hancox could not have been more evil and her poor henpecked husband ‘Baron Harduppe’ Steve Rickman, both gave commanding performances. The ugly sisters ‘Whitney and Britney’ John Pitman and Kevin Warne were brilliantly cast in this challenging role and the audiences hated them. Royalty appeared at Harduppe Manor and when ‘King Charles’ Bryan Foot and ‘Queen Camilla’ Joyce Jones appeared, this created much amusement within the audience. Introducing everyone to the Royal Ball was the elegant ‘Palace Page’ Nathan Smith, who welcomed the guests to the Ball, including two very unwelcome ones, two undercover detectives ‘Gawed’ Terry Revell and ‘Bennet’ Sam Cosens, who managed mayhem in the haunted bedroom. Overseeing life in Harduppe Manor was the loveable ‘Buttons’ played by Ryan Bishop, who gave a startling performance with his talent of singing, dancing and comic ability. His tap dancing scene with a ‘Junior Buttons’ Xanthe Gibbs brought the loudest applause of the evening and keeping watch over all these proceedings was the very loveable ‘Fairy Godmother’ Nicky Williams.

Once again the superb chorus of girls and boys under the direction of the ‘Choreographer’ Kerry Purnell, added much to the show, with their singing and dancing, this always add colour and fun to the Otterbourne Pantomimes. No show in Otterbourne is complete without music and the ‘Musical Director’ Richard Daniels adds so much, not only with the music but also with wonderful sound affects that he can create. The costumes were as usual at Otterbourne superb and ‘Wardrobe Mistresses’, Julie Whale, Samantha Oldham and Joyce Jones must be congratulated.

The Pantomime is presented by the Otterbourne Drama Group, under the auspices of the Otterbourne Village Hall Committee, it was Produced by John Pitman and Directed by Kay Warne.

This was again another very successful Pantomime which was the groups thirty fourth production.