Snow White proves a roaring success
This show lies fully square in the 200-year-old festive season pantomime tradition which aims to simultaneously delight both child and grown-up audiences.
And part of the grown-ups delight is in observing the children’s. Adults appreciate the groan-making puns, political digs, innuendo, double-entendres and risqué remarks, but children are absorbed in the protracted and cliffhanging struggle between good and evil.
And we all appreciate the excellent music, great songs, high-energy dance, adorable dwarfs, dazzling sets and special effects under the control of Morrison’s perfectly paced, professional direction.
The result: a highly talented and well-rehearsed cast of 28 actors and four musicians came together to make 2½ hours of this Saturday vanish.
There were so many standout performances, it’s impossible to do justice to them all.
Kathryn Morley’s Snow White and Emma Muggleton’s wicked queen were utterly convincing and at the same time just understated enough to remain believable throughout.
Newcomer Sheridan Smith as Ivan, the Evil Queen’s servant, brought a laconic and slightly weary understatement to the role and dazzled us with his rendering of early Motown hits, notably the Four Tops’ Reach Out/I’ll be there.
Comic duo Dame Bon Bon (Philip Jones) and Muddles, “her” “son” (Robbie Godfrey) played their roles in a slightly understated manner which was very effective and made their appearances funnier.
They handled the very young audience members on stage, whose birthday was coming soon, with tenderness and affection.
Marcus Smith as the Prince not only showed us good acting and a fine singing voice, but executed some breathtaking dance moves such as complete backflips.
Dancers Gabriella Medeiros, Milahn Powell and Jada Simmons-Trott energised the whole stage every time they appeared.
The music under Dave Pitman’s direction was joyous, punchy or atmospheric and fitted the show perfectly. Snow White is the best Bermuda Panto I have seen for years.
• Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs — presented by the Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society; written and directed by Stuart Morrison
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