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Dick Whittington

posted 8 Feb 2010, 11:26 by Unknown user

The Wycliffe Drama Group has built up quite a reputation in the area. They are a happy group sharing a hobby they enjoy, but they also manage to bring excellent productions to the stage. Their yearly pantomime is eagerly looked forward to by their many supporters - and this year's "Dick Whittington" did not disappoint.  From the first appearance of Beverley Stead as the hissable Queen Rat, and her opposite number, Becky Bedford,  the flaky Fairy Nuff (with a broken wand!), the packed audience went wild, booing and cheering. 

They loved Nicky Daniels slapping her thigh as Dick, and sweet Alice Fitzwarren (Emily Jones) but, naturally, the rather camp Cat, Andrew Spencer, was the crowd pleaser and he upstaged everyone else at every turn! His enemies, the Rats, 12 young dancers from the Helen Warrington School of Dance, were superb.

The WDG know their strengths and play to them so there was lots of comedy. The Sultan and Sultana (Michael Ricketts and Linda Goy) were a delightful comic duo, and along with their overseer, Simon Maher, they had the best lines. We all particularly loved the cleverly written local references to the pubs in Lutterworth.

However Dame Sarah, (Dickie Wood), the cheeky and lively Jack, (Becky Harwood), and Sniff and Snort, (the hilarious Russ Crooks and Keith Parkin,) absolutely stole the show. I shall never forget the scene with the "Wycliffe 500" (who makes these wonderful contraptions?) Sniff and Snort's song, with the upright ship's captain, (a strong performance by Jacob Smith,) really had a touch of Morecambe and Wise about it, and when they reprised it with the audience waving glow sticks it became a real "pantomime magic moment".

The large supporting chorus worked well together. That is the beauty of amateur theatre. Because the actors are there "for love", the stage is far fuller than at most professional productions and they all enjoy themselves - so the audience do too. We certainly did on Saturday night! Congratulations to all the WDG and especially director Jane Clark and producer Shirley Duncan. (Also- a special word of appreciation for whoever did the make-up- it was excellent!)


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