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Cinderella - December 2014

"Being a big kid at heart when it comes to pantomimes I was looking forward to this my second one of the season and I was not disappointed. This one started out a little differently with the Fairy Godmother appearing on screens at either side of the stage. A little different again as not only were two ugly sisters played by men but also the Fairy Godmother and I have to say it worked extremely well.

There were all the usual “He’s behind you” gags you would expect in any panto and the whole audience, not only the kids loved it from start to finish. In the principal boy and girl parts we had Nicole Walton as Cinderella and Clare Heins as Prince Charming who worked extremely well together to make a perfect couple. Of course no Cinderella is complete without a Buttons and here we had Thomas Flowers as a young Buttons who was able to work the audience well and prove to be a good pal to his love interest Cinders.

Another character needed in this panto is of course Dandini, Prince Charming’s assistant, played by Debbie Hair who proved to be a very good partner to Clare Heins as Charming; both were the typical “leggy” girl you would expect for these parts. In the parts of Baron Hardup and his wicked wife were Trevor Jones and Sue Sheppard respectively, they were both able to bounce off each other to get the most out of their parts, the Baroness of course has two “daughters” who are not very nice to say the least to poor old Cinders. I say “daughters” as I guessed they were both played again by men in the guise of Richard Goodall and Dale Vaughan, I suspect one had not been taking her hormone tablets resulting in a very bearded lady!

I enjoyed the performances from Sarah Clarkson and Emily Speake as Bib and Bob respectively, they were a great double act and had the audience laughing whenever they came onto the stage.

I said at the start of my review the Fairy Godmother was played by a guy, Paul Barron and to me he was the star of this show, from the moment he appeared he had the audience in the palm of his hands, they loved him and quite rightly too as he worked his socks off, or should that be tights off, from start to finish, he was excellent. I really enjoyed the transformation scene where Cinderella is transformed into the beautiful princess for the ball, this was different in the fact that it was done by video with Cinders walking off stage and into this sort of fairy land to be dressed in her best ball gown and into her crystal coach, the effects department had done a great job of this. Congratulations to all involved and the cast who not only performed but then lined up to say good bye to the audience"
Les Smith, NODA

"Congratulation Encore. I had great fun watching your final performance. Talk about packing in the content. Brilliant. A great touch getting all high tech with fairy cam & I loved the scooter chase. I hope you all enjoyed your much deserved after show party. Encore Rocks!" Paul Forsberg

"A fabulous evening full of fun, laughter and enjoyment. A brilliant night out for all the family" Julie Maddison, Selby

"Have to say the showing tonight of Cinderella was FANTASTIC, great entertainment for all the family, 3 generations! x"
Nicola Baker

"Fantastic show everyone was brilliant!!!"
Rachael Jaggar

"Fantastic we loved the show well done everyone xx"
Alison Wagstaff

"Fab evening watching my friend Nicole being amazing as Cinderella!! Huge thanks to Fairy G & Bib n Bob for all the laughs!!"
Ellen Elizabeth Boon

"Absolutely brilliant evening watching Cinderella last night. Havnt laughed so much like that in a long time. May have found a yearly panto to attend! Even converted some southerners to enjoy the northern humour" Samantha Anne Broome

Carousel - June 2014

"Performing on a school hall stage can be a problem for some societies but when you have an imaginative director who designed the set for this show it does make life much easier and also lends to a better show, it was great to see the raised level being used to such a good degree which added to the already good performances from the whole cast.

Carousel calls for a strong leading man and in this one we had just that in the guise of Dale Vaughan as Billy Bigalow, he was able to deliver his lines perfectly as well as the songs, Dale also delivered the soliloquy with ease. Dale was partnered with Vikki Vaughan who played Julie Jordan to perfection; she was able to deliver the songs and her lines with a meaningful attitude which the audience loved.

The other partnership is of course Carrie Pipperidge played by Clare Heins and Enoch Snow played by Richard Goodall, both gave very convincing performances and worked well together, I especially enjoyed Richard’s singing and his nervous laugh which he did when his character became a little embarrassed.

There was also a fine performance from Phil Clarkson as Jigger Craigin, his smoldering looks and gruff voice was a perfect combination for this part, especially in his scene with Carrie when he was teaching her how to defend herself.

Praise must be given to the dancers in the beach ballet, this can sometimes be a little long and tedious but not so in this case when they entered the stage from under the higher level which lent itself to a raised walkway on the beach.

One of the highlights of this show is of course “You’ll never walk Alone” and this was delivered to excellently by Rebecca Atha as Nettie Fowler, she was able to provide a good support to Julie after the death of Billy and almost brought the house down when she sang this song.

The backing for this show was provided by a nine piece strong orchestra, having such a large backing can in some cases can be a little over powering for audiences trying to hear the singing on stage, this was not the case here and it was good to have one which actually accompanied the singers rather than drown them out and also deliver a great sound.

Congratulations to all involved in this production
Les Smith, NODA

"Tell you the truth, when it comes to anything 'Entertainment' I'm pretty hard to please.. I went to see Carousel last night minus camera, and I enjoyed every moment sitting back relaxing and watching the show. I left the Theatre feeling happy.. Encore, you have done a great job with this one."
Roy Hampson

"Just want to say how much I thoroughly enjoyed the performance of Carousel! I went with my colleagues on the 14th of June and loved every minute of it. Once again, a first class production by talented performers!"
Julie Copley

"Fantastic show....well done to each and every one of you involved"
Diane Bond

"ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!! A spectacular performance"
Kerry Chapman

"Carousel was fantastic! The acting, singing and dancing were so professional.  My daughter and I enjoyed it as much as any of the West End shows we have seen."
Mrs M Hind

"I go to the theatre regularly and this was the best show I have ever seen, I could not fault anything. The singing was beautiful, I loved the orchestra and arrangement of the stage.  Altogether a great evening- well done Encore!"
Mrs Joan Slater

"A massive well done to everyone in Encore Theatre Company. A truly fantastic show!"
Ben Gomersall