Snow White Pantomime Blackburn
“Oh no, I didn’t,” “Oh yes, you did!” that’s right, it’s that time of year again when theatres across the country will be filled with similar lines, lots of singing and a whole lot of laughter. You got it, Pantos are back in town! I love pantomimes and for me they have always been a part of the build up to Christmas. We visited King Georges Hall on Sunday to review this years show, Snow White & the seven Dwarfs.
One of the primary elements for me when going to watch a show is the theatre itself and that is where King Georg’s Hall has always been great. Regardless of where you are sat, you will always get a good view of the stage and even young children can see the stage.
This years show was Snow White, which was and remains one of the most famous of all of the Disney Princesses and the story is known by almost everyone. Therefore to make the story a new experience and not repetitive is quite a challenge. However, the show we saw was great and really managed this feat. You are introduced to the character called Muddles who was there to play the part of the typical panto clown and was really engaging for the younger children (and Doc). Muddles was great to break up the story and allowed the panto to really work. The show has a great mix of singing, dancing and a whole host of the usual pantomime antics from slapstick humour to typical pants lines. The children were all in fits of laughter over Muddles and the fairy. My little adventurers particularly loved the part where they soaked the audience with the water guns and had differing sized water pistols to make sure that all the audience got wet! It was obvious that a lot of time and effort was put into the show, with great choreography, costumes and lines. For me the character of the mirror was visually great as it is really hard to visually make a talking mirror look real, but this part was particularly done well.
The story has the main story of Snow White with a few added plot twists. The show strived to make sure that it was relevant to today’s audience with selfies, Princess Elsa from Frozen singing Let it go with snow coming out of her finger tips, popular songs like Pharrell Williams “Im Happy” and lots of tongue in cheek humour for the adults to laugh along with as well. One of the funniest lines was when the price meets the ‘dwarves’ and exclaims “my, how small are you!’ where in reality he was actually shorter than all of the dwarfs. Be prepared for your children asking why the dwarfs were so tall…. We told Maya that they had to have a special potion to make them taller for the show as the children would not be able to see them otherwise! I thought the acrobats were amazing and it was a nice touch as it helped to break up the show a little so to keep youngest children’s attention and the acrobatic moves were truly breath-taking.
Overall, the show was great fun. It really was a well thought out, engaging and well executed show. It has all the elements of a great pantomime and was lots of fun for all the children and adults alike. Highly recommended for everyone looking for a fun family activity over this festive season.
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