Not one of Winchester’s finest pantomimes of the past few years. This Snow White falls well their normal standard. It’s a real budget production with traditional characters cut, and the cost-cutting shows. There is no fairy and Muddles is the only one available to try and kill Snow White. The script is below par and Simon Slater’s music does not make any real impact on first hearing. There is nothing the youngsters can sing along to other than the pre-show records, which warm them up perfectly.
This is the first pantomime I have ever seen where the magic mirror comes alive to steal the show. Naomi Bullock, as Mirriam, is such a hit from her first appearance and when she finally leaves the mirror and becomes the Avon lady, her personality really shines through. Suanne Braun is another success as the Wicked Queen and her scenes are eagerly awaited. Richard Lord (Prof) and Harry Haylings (Grouchy) do liven up proceedings, aided by five children to complete the seven dwarfs. Andy Medhurst works hard as Muddles, but both he and Clive Flint, as Dame Dolly Dollop, do suffer from the poor script.
Sadly, Charlotte Melissa Tyler’s Snow White is drowned out by the band in some of her songs. It would also be nice to hear more songs from Drew Kidger, who sings well as Prince Valiant.
With so much cut, why do they even bother with the kitchen cooking scene? It seems so out of place in this show.