Showing posts with label Sleeping Beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sleeping Beauty. Show all posts

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Sleeping Beauty at The Auditorium Liverpool - A Review

My family and I were so excited to be returning to the theatre and it is fair to say that I definitely became a bit emotional as we sat down in the auditorium waiting for the show to begin. It has been such a long time since we were able to enjoy the glitz and glamour of a good old pantomime, but Shone Productions' Sleeping Beauty certainly made up for the wait, in a show that was packed to the brim with singing, dancing, magic and plenty of laughter.

Before I begin my review of the show, I did just want to highlight the excellent Covid-safety procedures in place at The Auditorium venue. Guest safety is clearly of great importance and there are excellent measures being followed throughout the building that ensure the safety and comfort of all guests. This includes hand sanitisation stations, social distancing, reduced capacity seating and staggered exits to name a few. Masks are to be worn for the duration of the show for guests over the age of 11 years, however they can be removed for eating and drinking. The climate in the auditorium also seemed well controlled, so although I was a little apprehensive about wearing a mask indoors for so long, it was more than comfortable and I didn't feel too hot at any point. The staff were also really welcoming and friendly and they were visibly present should you have any queries or require assistance. My family and I felt very safe from the moment we arrived which immediately put my mind at ease.

This pantomime version of Sleeping Beauty tells the story of Princess Beauty who is cursed by the Evil Carabosse to die on her 21st birthday. However, Beauty's fairy ensures that she only falls into a deep sleep which can broken with a kiss from her one true love. A handsome prince must therefore battle against the Evil Carabosse and her dragon, in order to come to Beauty's rescue and save the day. There is plenty of fun, comedy, singing and dancing along the way in this enchanting and entertaining production.

Gareth Gates is fabulous as the charming Prince, who falls in love with Princess Beauty (Emma Grace Arends) soon after they first meet. It was great to see him performing on stage, and he was clearly a firm favourite with the audience. He worked well with Beauty and their singing vocals complimented each other perfectly. 

Emma Grace Arends is stunning as Princess Beauty and her voice is absolutely mesmerising. Her rendition of Don't Stop Believin' was both beautiful and captivating. My youngest son even commented that she was amazing and I completely agree. She had a superb stage presence that grabbed my attention every time she sang.

Bippo was an excellent entertainer throughout the show and was able to showcase some of his many talents. Yes there are innuendos a plenty and some of the jokes are definitely aimed at the adults in the audience, but this is one of the things I personally love about pantomimes and the fact that they provide entertainment for all ages. There were plenty of jokes for the younger members of the audience too and Bippo encouraged children and their parents to dance along to some popular well known tunes. Both of my sons enjoyed watching his juggling skills and it added something a little extra that we hadn't seen featured in a pantomime before. 

The wardrobe team should definitely take a bow as the extravagance of the costumes was simply superb. Queen Fanny of Fazackerleys' outfits were absolutely outrageous and my son kept bursting into fits of giggles each time she appeared. The Prince and Princess Beauty, along with the dancers, dazzled in their beautiful array of outfits which glistened beautifully against the impressive backdrop of the stage. Carabosse's outfit was devilishly divine and whilst they may have been the baddie in this production, there was certainly nothing bad about their attire, which highlighted both their wickedness and glamour.

Sleeping Beauty features everything you could hope for in a pantomime and with a strong cast delivering a wonderful performance, this show is sure to put a smile on your face. Despite a smaller audience due to the social distancing measures, there was still a fabulous atmosphere and the show had implemented a great variety of different ways to allow for audience participation. The lighting effects are spectacular and the skilled live band exhibit their musical talents throughout the show. Overall this is a fabulous production and I would happily recommend it to others for an enjoyable half term treat. Tickets are still on sale for the remaining shows and you can find further details on the dates and times of the performances below.

Listing Information - SLEEPING BEAUTY

Dates

Tuesday 1st June - 3pm and 7pm

Wednesday 2nd June - 3pm and 7pm

Thursday 3rd June - 3pm and 7pm

Friday 4th June - 3pm and 7pm

Saturday 5th June - 11am

Tickets 

Ticket prices vary.

Venue Details

The Auditorium, M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, L3 4FP

Booking website: www.mandsbankarena.com/

*Disclaimer - I was provided with a complimentary press ticket for the purpose of writing an honest review of the show. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Details provided are believed to be correct at the time of writing, however I would always recommend visiting the venues own website in order to obtain the most up to date information.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Dates for your Diary - Sleeping Beauty Pantomime at St Helens Theatre Royal this October

For those of you who can't quite wait until Christmas to get your panto fix, then fear not, as St Helens Theatre Royal are putting on the spellbinding Sleeping Beauty this October Half Term and have recently revealed its stellar cast.

Regal Entertainments will present Sleeping Beauty at the theatre from Saturday 19th October to Tuesday 29th October, promising half-term fun for all the family. The full cast includes Samantha Palin; Mia Molloy; James Lacey; Lewis Devine; Shameless' Warren Donnelly; Abigail Middleton and St Helens' resident Dame Si Foster.


Samantha Palin will be transformed into the evil fairy Carabosse, who curses Princess Aurora - tricking her into an eternal slumber. Samantha previously played the Fairy Godmother in the 2018's Easter production of Cinderella. Her other theatre credits include Cover Malevola in Snow White at Kings Theatre and Gloriana in Cinderella at Theatre Royal, Wakefield.

Mia Molloy makes a welcome return to the Theatre Royal stage as the Princess, cursed to fall asleep until a handsome suitor wakes her with true love's kiss. The multi-talented Liverpool local was last seen heading over the rainbow as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz earlier this year. Mia's credits also include Liverbird Song - The Liverpool Blitz Musical at The Epstein Theatre and Our Day Out The Musical at Liverpool's Royal Court.

Starring as this year's handsome prince is Theatre Royal newcomer James Lacey whose dashing looks will no doubt cast a spell over St Helens. His previous credits include the UK tours of Shrek The Musical and The Sound of Music as well as the dance double for Richard Madden in Disney's 2015 blockbuster live-action remake of Cinderella.

The hilarious Lewis Devine will bring laughs-a-plenty to St Helens audiences as Chester the Jester. Lewis returns after taking audiences on a high-flying adventure as Peter Pan at Christmas and causing mayhem as French Frank in 2018's panto, Beauty and the Beast.

Shameless star Warren Donnelly returns to play the King. Most notable for playing Stan Waterman in the Channel 4 series, Warren is no stranger to the St Helens stage having previously played the King in 2017's production of Sleeping Beauty and Abanazer in 2016's Aladdin.

Abigail Middleton is certain to bring some magic to the show as Fairy Sparkle, who audiences may recognise as Tiger Lily from Peter Pan last Christmas.

Completing the line-up and ready to bring this enchanting tale to life is St Helens' resident Dame, Si Foster, bringing his slapstick fun and chaos to the stage as Dame Queenie.

Sleeping Beauty tells the enchanting tale of Princess Aurora, who is cursed by the evil fairy Carabosse, tricking her into an eternal slumber which can only be broken by a kiss from her true love.

Will the beautiful princess find her true love and be freed from the evil fairy's curse? What fate awaits the evil fairy? Set your alarms and get down to St Helens Theatre Royal this October for a truly magical adventure.

Chantelle Nolan, Theatre Manager said: "I am absolutely delighted to announce the full casting for Sleeping Beauty! We have lots of returning familiar faces that our audiences know and love, as well as some Theatre Royal newcomers who are guaranteed to put on a spectacular show! Tickets are on-sale now, so be sure to join us this October!"

For more information you can visit the St Helen's Theatre Royal website or their social media pages on the following channels:

Website - www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/St-Helens-Theatre-Royal
Twitter - @TheatreRoyalStH

Listing Details

Event - Regal Entertainments presents Sleeping Beauty
Dates - Saturday 19th October to Tuesday 29th October 2019
Times - Monday & Tuesday: 1pm / Friday: 1pm and 5pm / Saturday & Sunday 12pm and 5pm (no shows 21st to 24th October)
Tickets - From £13*

All prices are inclusive of a £1 per seat transaction fee. On-line bookings are subject to an additional 50p per seat on-line processing fee.

Tickets can be booked in person at the Theatre Royal Box Office, Corporation Street, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1LQ (Mon-Sat 10am - 5pm). Alternatively, call 01744 756000 or log on to www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com.

Disclaimer: This post is written based on a press release provided by BEA. All details provided believed to be correct at the time of writing, but are subject to change. I would therefore always recommend visiting the venue's own website in order to obtain the most up to date information.