Sleeping Beauty - Our Lady’s Parish Centre, St Annes
THERE was a pleasingly traditional and family feel to this spirited performance of Sleeping Beauty.
The principals put their own stamp on their role in an evenly-written production, and expertly exploited the intimate size of the hall and the closeness of the audience.
They were much aided by the sympathetic playing of Angie Strickland on keyboards.
Ron Oddy’s King and Cathy Court’s Queen were strongly played. Leo Appleton and Len Hampson were great as Barney and Nanny Nora, and Lucy Court took vocal honours in the title role, well supported by Jack Evans as Prince Michael.
Mia Barlow as evil Carabosse, excelled, complemented by Simon Donnelly’s comical raven, while Stephen Smith, Phil Smith and Phil Thomas were splendid as the unsuccessful suitors from Bavaria, England and “Austraaaylia”.
This was a return to the amdram stage after an eight-year absence by the society from Our Lady Star of the Sea, and occasionally this showed with lack of confidence, but the production team of Leo and Jeanette Appleton and Pauline Hardie should be encouraged by the response of their cast, and the enthusiasm of the audience.