The fairest panto of them all

WHO is the fairest in the land? Is it Queen Avarica? Is it, perhaps, Dame Edna Bucket? Or is it Snow White? Find out when SNADS presents this favourite pantomime at the Exchange, Sturminster Newton, from 12th to 15th February.

This year marks the 90th anniversary of amateur productions in Sturminster Newton, and the company has chosen one of the great traditional fairytales, based firmly on the original Grimm Brothers’ story, plus familiar panto favourites such as the Dame (played, of course, by SNADS’ great dame, Ian Greig).

The chosen charity for this year’s production is Dorset Mind and for the first time, SNADS has a relaxed performance, on Wednesday 12th at 6pm. With low level auditorium lights, no loud bangs or flashing lights, it will be particularly suitable for those with autism, special needs and learning difficulties who would not normally be able to access live theatre. There will be open access to the hall during this performance for those needing ‘time out’ and most importantly nobody will mind if your child makes noises, calls out or chatters!

Tickets for this performance only will be at the reduced rate of £5. Please phone or call in at the Exchange to book your tickets and to talk to a member of staff – it will be helpful for them to understand your requirements, especially if you will be bringing a wheelchair or push chair or buggy.

The other performances are at 7.30pm with a 2.30 matinee on Saturday.

Craig White, directing his third Sturminster panto, says it is a pleasure to work with so many people who give up their time to make the production possible, but he is particularly pleased to have so many young people involved: “The future belongs to them and hopefully at least another 90 years of SNADS.”

The cast, which of course includes the Seven Dwarfs, is headed by Sophie Revell as Snow White, with Fiona Dewett as the evil queen, Snow White’s step-mother (“Mirror, mirror on the wall …”), Tania White as Chuckles, Alice Ralph as Prince Ferdinand, Rachel Revell as Fairy Fortune, Matthew Rawson as Merlin and Toby Greenfield as Slurp, the queen’s henchman.

The producer is Lucy Greig, stage manager is Peter Cowley, the musicians are James Smith, Richard Walker and Ray Humphries and the choreographer is Val Cox.


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