Fresh faces bring pace

By Emily Scotcher

Friday, January 20, 2012


Fresh faces bring pace

From left, Phoebe Callaghan, John Woodford, Nicola Callaghan, Christopher Hirst and Bill King. Picture by Peter Boam.

STAGE REVIEWIT was the exuberance of St Lawrence Players’ younger cast members that made Mother Goose such an enjoyable production.

Matt Busbridge was endearing as Jack Goose, adding a welcome splash of colour to the show with his enthusiasm for the role.

Phoebe Callaghan, as Belinda Squeezum, was refreshing as she refused to fall in love with the hero in the first half, which gave the story a new dimension.

Witch Hazel and Fairy Del, played by Sharon Lock and Thea Grace Callaghan, lamented their lack of solo singing and were quite right to do so as they both had excellent voices.

Mother Goose was played by John Woodford, who gave a sturdy performance opposite director Bill King, as Sir Sidney Squeezum, and they made an entertaining couple.

Although there were only two dancers, Vanessa Warry and Elinor-Rose Johnson, their energy filled the stage throughout. It was a pity the cast did not sing more of the soundtrack, as the numbers they did sing, such as Together Wherever We Go, were delightful.

Nicola Callaghan and Christopher Hirst also put in performances as the sweet Lucy Locket and her dim-witted boyfriend, Bertrum Bounder.

Perhaps the most famous character in Mother Goose is the goose itself, here named Gertrude, and played by 11-year-old Benjamin Hirst, whose personality shone through, even from beneath all those feathers.

The compact cast worked hard to turn one of pantomime’s lesser-known stories into an evening of traditional panto fayre and it was clearly enjoyed by all.

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