Kennington W.I. Pantomime 27th- 29th January 2017
There was much hissing, booing and cheering as audiences from far and near (mostly near) joined in the general bonhomie which was all part of Kennington W.I.’s annual pantomime performed over three days in January.
This year’s presentation was Sleeping Beauty.
The script (not always adhered to), was written by Judy Skinner, (the Narrator) and the Producer was Kathy Osmotherly who also played the very fetching Nurse Tilly. Other main parts were comically played by Shealagh Jackson as Mother Broome, Lesley Sanders as her husband Boris, The Lord Chamberlain, Barbara Edwards as The King and Marion Warner as The Queen.
There were also pleasing performances from other Drama Group Players, Mary Sharp as the Fairy Queen and Jacqui Beaney as Prince Charming.
The parts of Princess Marigold and Sleeping Beauty were delightfully played the young Teagan Hurst and Isobel Jeffrey.
Mary Hone looked splendid dressed all in black and was a very convincing Bad Fairy Nettle.
Roger Marshall trod the boards as the lone man, taking part of the Villager rolling out a load of topical one-liners as he introduced his horse Trump complete with blonde wig - a starring role for Laura Oliver.
For the smaller parts, members of the W.I .Darts group were roped in and played their roles with great gusto.
Prince Charming on Saturdays’ performance was played by Darts Member Cherry Wood.
The cast was joined by four members of Victoria’s Dance School appearing as fairies.
Ron Sharp did his usual sterling job as the Musical Accompanist - not an easy task bearing in mind all the ad-libbing that occurred!
The much admired scenery was designed and painted by Yoko Page which complimented the colourful costumes worn by the cast.
Elizabeth Allen was kept busy as Stage Prompt and two of the cast’s husbands Graham Sanders and Ian Osmotherly were wiz- kids managing backstage duties and visual effects.
The Pantomime could not have been a success without all those W.I. members who helped with refreshments, raffle, ticket selling etc.
It looked as though it was great fun and a good time had by one and all.