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Wind In the willows

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Becky Harris-Cook 
Laura Cook
Luke Fairweather 
Toni Morina 
Dean Akrill 
Jeanette Fairweather
Mark Chapman 
Abbi Clarke
Sheila Tuffield
Robert Huntly
Corinna Laughton
Laura Cook
John Brundell
Alison Heasman 
Sheila Tuffield
Corinna Laughton
Lynsey Boston

 

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Carol Rowell

John Morley
Kenneth Grahame

Ashley Smith 
Becky Harris-Cook
Sheila Tuffield
Carol Rowell
Dom Rowell
Ashley Smith
Robert Huntly
Carol Rowell


Carol Rowell
Mark Chapman
Sheila Tuffield
Ashley Smith

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Robert Huntly
Toni Morina
Carol Rowell

Luke Fairweather

Ashley Smith

Carol Rowell
Dom Rowell

 
 
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Ratty
Mrs Otter
Chief Weasel
Mole
Toad
Dobbin
Badger
Portia
Fiona
Reginald
Magistrate
Court Clerk
Policeman
Jenny
Aunt Nellie
Bargewoman
Zelda

NODA Review

How to come back on stage after hopefully end covid and celebrate 30 years: do a repeat performance of the original title by John Morley of ‘The Wind in the Willows’, and what a delightful evening.

The atmosphere created by an imaginative multi-setting suitable to cover the different scenes within the play, most attractive.

Some restrictions in place in the size of cast with few children in rehearsal, named characters only, and the replacement at short notice of the director for Badger.

So long since seen, one forgets what an enchanting story and how to appreciate for the children. Becky Harris-Cook took us to the river bank as Ratty in the boat and messing around in song and dance, and then Mole from Toni Morina with ‘Oh My’ as they meet up and arrange a picnic instead of house decorating, lovely characters. And add in Carol Rowell standing in as a solid and dependable citizen of Badger, such friends and all worried about the Toad and his antics.

Dean Akrill as the extravert, the excitable, the over-the-top in enthusiasm, the totally impossible, was outstanding in this role to top all roles, driving his friends to distraction and still managing to keep his head above water, just.

And competing for the attention honours, in the ‘baddie’ role (to boos), Luke Fairweather as Chief Weasel inspired the children in audience into action as he led his troops to Toad Hall.

We enjoyed the well-known scenes of crashed caravan with Dobbin (Jeanette Fairweather) and the ensuing court scene with Magistrate Corinna Laughton and Clerk Laura Cook and evidence from Policeman John Brundell.  And the thoughts for Toad with visions of ‘a motor car’ and all that resulted. Off to the prison and the escape manipulated by Jenny (Alison Heasman) and washerwoman Aunt Nellie (Sheila Tuffield), and Toad was free to engage with bargewoman Corinna Laughton and make his way to the gypsies and Zelda Lynsey Boston and return to friends and Toad Hall to fight the weasels. And all ended well!

What an evening of enchantment in this tale, helped by the ‘different’ backing music for the moods and scenes.

Hope that the rest of the run went off as well as first night with no more restrictions and that cast and audience enjoyed this return to thespian activities.

 
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Dick Whittington

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Toni Morina 
Luke Fairweather 
Bryan Carpenter
Mark Chapman 
Becky Harris-Cook 
Laura Cook
Emma Smith
Dean Akrill 
Lynsey Boston
Mary Carpenter
Corinna Laughton
Beverley Rowles
John Brundell

 

Chris Aldrich
Alison Heasman
Rachel Wilson

 

Carol Rowell
Mark Chapman
Izzy Porter
Ashley Smith 
Becky Harris-Cook
Sheila Tuffield
Diane Stimpson
Carol Rowell
Dom Rowell
Ashley Smith
Jeanette Fairweather
Robert Huntley
Carol Rowell
Elsie Rampley

Carol Rowell
Mark Chapman
Sheila Tuffield
Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith

 


Robert Huntley
Toni Morina


Carol Rowell

Bryan Carpenter 
Mark Chapman
Laura Cook 

Luke Fairweather
Beverley Rowles
Ashley Smith

Carol Rowell
Dom Rowell

 
 

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Queen Rat 
Dotty Dumpling
Work-shy Willy
Fairy Mary-le-Bow
Dick Whittington 
Thompkins
Alice Fitzwarren
Councillor Fitzwarren
Lady Pru Secco
Gail Blower
Captain Squidlips
Stinky Sam 
Sultan Sheik 

 

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NODA Review

This time ‘Dick Whittington’ written by Mark Chapman.

A slightly different slant on the story-line (no shop theft) but the rats were there in full force. Queen Rat by Toni Morino was very strong and a nasty piece of work surrounded by a gang of little ratlets, and her aim to get the treasure from the Sultan. On the other side Fairy Mary-le-Bow was also different in red tutu and white tights and lovely wings, Mark Chapman reversed the trend of female leads and waved his wand beautifully. And not to forget those kittens from Michala Jane School of Dance who helped in the proceedings.

To the main story of Councillor Fitzwarren (Dean Akrill) and his store, and the tale of woe about the rats and also the loss of his ships in a storm which meant no goodies to sell, and the storm engendered by Queen Rat to add to the misery. His wife Lady Pru Secco (Lynsey Boston) in cahoots with Queen Rat in this plot, strong singing voices from both of these plotters.

Luke Fairweather as Dame Dotty Dumpling looked the part in costume and makeup and played a good character role, and son Work-Shy Willy (Bryan Carpenter) did not help with any problems but just fell asleep.

Our hero Dick (Becky Harris-Cook) had a strong singing voice and nice personality and won the heart of Alice (Emma Smith) who looked delightful and sweet singing voice, a good couple. And of course the most important being on stage, Thompkins from Laura Cook, a black and white personality plus who routed the rats and won the day with treasure from the Sultan (John Brundall).

On the ship which took us over the ocean Captain Squidlips (Corinna Laughton), and crew Gail Blower (Mary Carpenter) and Stinky Sam (Beverley Rowles).

And we welcomed the assorted villagers and sailors and children who added to the cast and congratulate all those on stage with their vocal powers, some really good voices to hear.

And in another twist, Thompkins became Lord Mayor of London and all lived happily ever after.

The big audiences all enjoyed it which is the aim of pantomime, well done to the Director Carol Rowell

 
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Cinderella

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Emma Smith
Sophie Blythe
Jack Sinclair
Andrew Boston
John Brundell
Corinna Laughton
Becky Harris-Cook
Toni Morina
Diane Stimpson
Dean Akrill
Mark Chapman
Christopher Baker
Luke Fairweather
Grace Porter

Chris Aldrich
Amy Ford
Antonia Harper
Alison Heasman
Jose Jarvis
Rachel Wilson

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Carol Rowell
Paul Allum 
Ashley Smith 
Becky Harris-Cook
Sheila Tuffield

Robert Huntley
Dom Rowell
Ashley Smith
Jeanette Fairweather
Terry Harper
Beverley Rowles
Maggie Bunkell
Beverley Rowles 
Diane Stimpson
Elsie Rampley
Nigel Grant
 
 
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Fairy Godmother
Cinderella 
Buttons
Baron Silas Hardup
Herald
Queen Barbara
Prince Dirk Charming
Dandini
Druzilla
Shank
Shiv
May
Merkel
Snow White

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NODA Review

You must have been recruiting as some new faces in the cast, nice voices giving some good lively numbers.

In the title role, a delightful Cinderella with good personality, looks, friendly feel, and nice voice, Sophie Blythe very well found and cast. Jack Sinclair as Buttons her friend came over very well with good personality and the appeal needed for this role. Director Carol Rowell did well to match them up and to organise the rest of the traditional cast for this pantomime.

Emma Smith made a lovely Fairy Godmother with warmth and sympathy, vocal good, and she sorted that fairy coach very well.

Andrew Boston as Baron Hardup had a warmth for his part but no chance against that monster of a wife Druzilla, Diane Stimpson who was unfeeling, cruel and only pushy for her daughters, a strong characterisation from her, and we hated her. As for the daughters May and Merkel from Christopher Baker and Luke Fairweather, well they exploited their dame characters with the voices and pushiness, the costumes and wigs, worked well together as sisters against their poor stepsister in their plotting, a good pair.

To the Palace and the Queen, Corinna Laughton, very royal and upper-class and desperate for her son to marry. Becky Harris-Cook looked good as Prince Charming, matched well to Cinderella vocally, and worked well with her servant Dandini from Toni Morina who got more than she bargained for with the Hardup sisters, some good comedy touches.

The broker’s men, Shank and Shiv from Dean Arkell and Mark Chapman, a good contrast of bluster and bullying plus the stupid one as contrast in their repossession of the hall. Also joining in a herald who was not really up to the job from John Brundell, and from another pantomime and blundering in, Snow White from Grace Porter.

A lot in this pantomime with all the extras of ghosts and messiness etc, almost too much as over 3 hours is too long for a pantomime, and we had to enjoy the lively song and dance from the company to give the fun.

However the packed audience with extra chairs being brought in obviously showed that this is what the Parish community wants and supports, and well done to the Players for giving to all.

 
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The Princess and the Pea

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Toni Morina
Luke Fairweather
Mark Chapman
Sam Howe
Sally-Anne Davies
Becky Harris-Cook
Lynsey Boston
John Brundell
Annalise Allen
Paul Allum

Chloe Alexander

Sheila Tuffield
Chris Aldrich
Bev Rowles
Corinna Laughton
Dean Akrill
Ashleigh Marfleet
Kerri Lambert
Mary Carpenter
Carol Rowell

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Carol Rowell
Paul Allum 
Ashley Smith 
Becky Harris-Cook
Sheila Tuffield

Robert Huntley
Dom Rowell
Ashley Smith
Jeanette Fairweather
Terry Harper
Beverley Rowles
Maggie Bunkell
Beverley Rowles 
Diane Stimpson
Elsie Rampley
Nigel Grant
 
 

Ms Poddington
Toddy Poddington
Peaches McCreedie
Freddie McCreedie
Jemima
Ella
Sissy
Henchman + Neezer
Big bad wolf
Abanazar

Pj

Wicked Witch of the west 
Flatula
Repella
Hattie
Mr March
Dora -
MrsWhitington
Marigold
Granny

NODA Review

Thank you very much for the invitation to see Sprowston Parish Players in their annual pantomime, this time ‘The Princess and the Pea’, and once again written in-house by Sally-Anne Davies (the lady in red).  I cannot believe that the group is celebrating a 25th anniversary, many congratulations on this and on your full houses.

A different story and a different-style pantomime with some of the usual ingredients and some variations because of the story.  All the elements drawn together and put on stage with enthusiasm by Carol Rowell, and certainly the audience enjoyed the performance.

The owner of the ‘pea factory’ Mrs Poddington (Toni Morina) had a big part to play in the story as business was not so good and needed an injection of money (and when we heard the list of products it was hardly surprising), and the way forward seemed to be a rich suitor for son.  As the impossible and totally OTT Toddy who always wanted his own way or tantrums resulted, Luke Fairweather kept up an exhausting performance that dominated and drove all to distraction, and he did not always get his way.

A ‘pea green’ Peaches McReedie from Mark Chapman was a strong personality and great dame role, good comedy timing and presence, and meddling in everything. Her son, Freddie, from Sam Howe, a kind and nice lad with good vocal, and shown to be more than expected in the later stages of the story.

As Jemima, Sally Davies was the plotter and schemer, basically bad but glamorous, and with both Toddy and Freddie enchanted by her. Certainly she ran rings around the rest of the cast with her plans, strong in acting and vocally, but pleasingly she did not win in the end.  Her mother Sissy (Lynsey Boston) kept up the pressure for evil and encouraged the lady in red in all the plots.

And the quiet servant Ella (Becky Harris-Cook) just went through the story in her own way, very pleasant vocals, nice personality, common sense in thought and in interaction, and she won through.  I had expected a twist in the story as she tested the many mattresses bed (with pea) and came out bruised, so was she in fact the princess?

Two choruses, one mobile rustic and one evil, gave some good numbers throughout the action and raised the spirits and interaction with the audience. Cameo roles from Sheila Tuffield (Witch of West) and with Flatula (Chris Aldrich) and Repella (Bev Rowles) ensured some other story aspects included.  A happy cast obviously enjoying their time on stage.

And to the next 25 years!