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"OH, WHAT A BEAUTY"
A thoroughly fun and relaxed evening -
The scenery used was good, very colourful, and suited to the storyline, accommodating the action really well. The lighting was very good throughout, as was the sound generally, the music used was excellent and the sound effects just right. In fact the whole production worked really well in all aspects.
I liked the projections and the use of different gobos etc -
I liked the pairing of the two sets of Fairy Godmother's -
The bad fairies were a very in your face pairing of Mike Collins and Rachel Price.
Mike Collins showing a lovely, shapely pair of pins!! -
Kevin Birkett and Michelle Chamberlain were an amusing King and Queen, protecting their lovely daughter from interested males! Michelle looked really good in her very fetching outfit, and was a good foil to Kevin's rather bumbling King.
Sophie Venn made the transition from lovely innocent princess to a flighty piece,
who knew exactly what she wanted from the swashbuckling Prince, without losing her
essential naivety -
Leanne Lyndsey White was a very full on Prince, I liked her song, the words were
very well rewritten and extremely funny -
I particularly liked Alkesh Lalji as Cream Horn the French chef. He got some really good expressions, plenty of sauciness, and kept his accent throughout, even when he was singing. Very well done.
Rachael Garside gave us a very full-
Jake Dudley created a raunchy Matron -
The three members of the guard were all very different, as played by Janet Bray,
Leanne Lyndsey White and Judy Palmer. I found them all very funny, but Judy's understated
and obviously dim-
Charlotte Duffy as the equivalent of a Lord Chamberlain, has a very unusual voice, and used it to great effect.
There were lots of comical moments -
The inevitable song that we all joined in was rewritten very well, so it was quite difficult to sing whilst laughing, and the Mrs Puggy Wuggy audience particpation verse, was also great fun.
So, all in all a fun evening, with the whole cast appearing relaxed and enjoying themselves, which drew the audience in and ensured we enjoyed the experience too.
TADS Theatre Group
“OH, WHAT A BEAUTY” TADS Theatre, Toddington
review date 1st Feb 2014
Director: Steven & Lea Pryer