Review of Sleeping Beauty by The Wesley Players

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Since they started in 1949 The Wesley Players have regularly brought us a yearly Pantomime around January, these have included: Shipwreck Island (2014), Aladdin (2013) and Rapunzel (2012). This year’s panto is Sleeping Beauty and was written by Nina Blaauw, who also plays the evil Fairy Carabosse.

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The night was full of talent, The Billie Merrie Dancers took centre stage as they used their skills in many different types of dancing, including tap

The songs were all based on popular pop songs and we loved each one and in the end it wouldn’t have been a 2014/15 panto without a reference to the song ‘All about the Base’  by Meghan Trainor

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The cast were fantastic, Charlii Richardson was excellent as Prince Heroicus and we enjoyed her storytelling position alongside Jayne Jones and Michelle Gouldie.

Colin Richardson kept us all laughing in his Dame position as Queen Augustus with Ken Holland by his side as King Reg.

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But in the end the show was stolen by 2 Year Old Delilah O’Riordan who stunned the audience by faultlessly speaking her lines and her dancing in the finale.

As with most amateur productions it’s got a wider amount of audience participation and ab-libing then more professional productions. With reactions to calls from the audience causing a large amount of laughter

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The night was brilliant and I’m already planning on bringing my, currently 2 Year Old, daughter to next year’s Wesley Players panto

But before that we are looking forward to seeing their next performance, “Ding Dong” by Marc Camoletti on the 14th, 15th & 16th of May

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Old Giles – Jayne Jones
Prince Heroicus – Charlii Richardson
Ralph – Michelle Gouldie
King Reg – Ken Holland
Queen Augustus – Colin Richardson
Gramps – Jim Sawer
Briony/Guard – Eleanor Gouldie
Young Abigail – Alex Heazel
Lilac Fairy – Di Owen
Fairy Carabosse – Nina Blaauw
Bertha – Louise Richardson
Maud – Hillary Andrews
Abigail – Natasha Blaauw
Princess Aurora – Kathryn Cordell
Prince Vanitarius – Alan Cordell
Prince Guard – Sean Jones
Newspaper Boy – Alfie O’Neill
Fairies – Abbie Thorne, Elizabeth Smailes, Kessia Blaauw, Isabelle Thorne, Laura Batten & Delilah O’Riordan
Goblins – Cameron Blaauw, Joseph Cordell, Benjamin O’Riordan, Alfie O’Neill & Joshua Lee-Prime

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