Cinderella Trophy Reviews
By Nigel Ford
WODS MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY
JACK & THE BEANSTALK
SUNDAY 10TH JANUARY
I believe a pantomime can be performed anywhere. It doesn’t have to be in a glitzy theatre nor in a village hall with plenty of room backstage. It can be presented in a lounge, garage or even a barn providing all the ingredients are there.
It was of no surprise then to be visiting a school on the fringe of Weston Super Mare where WODS Musical Theatre Company were presenting their very own Jack and the Beanstalk.
The script, written especially for this company by Charlie Hockin, contained most of these ingredients.
This was the society’s first ever pantomime production and it was clearly evident that the whole cast worked well within their limitations. A raised platform was their stage and a projection screen was their backdrop while the adjoining library was their changing room and used for entrances and exits. Did this matter? – of course not!
This production took me back to my very first pantomime remembering that we all had to start somewhere.
The show moved along well and although diction was rather hurried in places, the strong singing voices made up for this. The children fell in love with Milky-White the cow whilst the Narrators added pace and energy to their roles.
WODS certainly worked hard to put on this show and it was clear that the audience were all enjoying themselves.
I sincerely hope the society will continue their journey in this wonderful world of pantomime and I look forward to returning to see them again next year!
Thank you for a pleasurable Sunday afternoon and for your very warm welcome and great hospitality.
Nigel Ford (Moderator)