Happy Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noël, Frohe Weihnachten, Buon Natale, Wesołych świąt, क्रिसमस की शुभकामनाएँ
Many thanks to all who came to the Panto, we hope you all had fun.
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Bucks Free Press review (click on image to increase size)
Another critique (Rita Carpenter)
West Wycombe Village Hall.
The Masque Players panto this year pulled out all the stops to make this the best one ever. Written by Richard Lloyd with a very funny and clever script and superbly directed by Alison Rogers who was able to bring the best out in everyone. The pirates were suitably wicked each one playing their role with gusto and enjoying every minute. Stephen Rockell as Long John Slither was excellent, (Johnny Depp look to your laurels you have a rival). Justin Clinch was, as usual his remarkable self. A glamorous dame, his comic timing is impeccable and he certainly knows how to work his audience. Katy Emms played Jim Ladd with style and Louise Bayliss was a feisty Nancy. Steven Powell was very impressive as the foppish Squire Polpero and Richard Rhodes was well cast as Dr Liversausage. Jack Orr made a dignified and totally believable Captain Smellit and more comedy was added by Jocelyn Pearce as Bertha Gunn and the colourful parrot; Freddie Rogers. A special mention must go to Alan Frost and Charlotte Dodds as the two very impressive Spaniards, they were both engaging and extremely funny in their roles and Summer Wayman was excellent as Bodmin. It is always an added bonus to have live musicians and led by Musical Director Max Sasim, they kept the action going with lively tunes during the many scene changes. A special mention must go to those in charge of wardrobe, the costumes were outstanding and Mrs Ladd’s changes were dazzling.
The choice of songs were all very suitable and lustily performed. The audience participation song went very well and was not dragged out as can sometimes happen. All in all this was a great way to start the festive season.
Considering most pantos are long especially with audience participation it might have been prudent to have a 7.30 start. However, with a full house everything went smoothly and was greatly enjoyed by all.
Well done Masque Players, you played a blinder!
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