Hansel & Gretel

DECEMBER 2017

Creative Team

Director:
Musical Director:
Choreographer:
Original Music:
lyricist:

Claudia Pepler
Joseph Church
Amy Maughan
David Hynds
Allison Herbert

Cast

Hansel:
Gretel:
Stepmother:
Father (The Woodcutter):
Mother/Angel:
Baker:
Baker Boy:
Witch:
Milk Maid/Susan:
Old Woman:
Street Theatre Troupe:

Squire:
Farmer:
Farmer’s Wife:
Inn Keeper:
Apple Seller:
Chestnut Seller:
Blacksmith:
Young Milkmaid:
Spice Seller:
Carpenter:
Weasel:
Pigeons:

Jack Brotherton/Ollie Edwards
Poppy Pinkster/Holly Fleetwood
Nina Casey
Steve Waterfield
Petrina White
Colin Cobb
Barney Nuttall/James Caitley
Tracey Rawlins
Cordelia Tarbrooke/Daisy Wellstead
Mhari Milligan
Patrick Withey, George Plant,
Georgia Ashford-Miller, Maisy Fogg
Jack Walker
Dylan Lee
Kaylyn Neale
Clare Ibbitson
Inseo Jung & Abby Sparrow
Ciaron Wood
Nick White
Dolly Swann
Liv Selby
Lochlan Presley
Robin Ainslie-King
Dillon Berry & Pete White

Cast

Dancers:
Maisy Fogg
Conny Hunter
Izzy king
Erin Walters
Georgie Rose
Emily Ibbitson
Enna-Marie Christmas
Phoebe Hughes

Ensemble:
Tamlin Head
Bella Phillips
Joely Hudson
Archie Fogg
Amelia Sharp
Imogen Sharp
Alex Ibbitson
Louisa McPherson
Ewan Hibbertson
Charlotte Baars
Charlotte Cusak-Brown
Jack Saltonstall
Bea Peterson

Ensemble (Cont.):
Edward Twigger
Hannah Luna-Lopez
Rosa Luna-Lopez

Tri-Art Performers:
Violet Askew
Eliza Bodey
Ava Dent
Patrick Eaton
Monty Fogg
Valentina Kemp-Eddy
Caitlin Markey
Olive Remington
Violet Ascott
Tina Carpenter
Madeline Hobbs
Tabitha Lamb
Amelia Palarm
Amy Vincent
Lilly Woods

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Show Moderation

On one of the coldest nights of the year I venture to Frome where Merlin Theatre Productions are presenting Hansel and Gretel. On arrival in the foyer I was overcome with the delicious aroma of mulled wine. I knew that Christmas was well and truly on the way.

This new musical version was written and directed by Claudia Pepler so I knew that the audience were going to be in safe hands. This was indeed a delightful Fairy Tale story with some pantomime elements included.This was a very tight production and the direction faithfully brought the script alive. With the strong principals, ensemble and dancers this show transported us to another era. Full use was made of the available space, utilising all entrances and exits including the back of the theatre on several occasions.Sets were relatively simple but of an excellent design and the transformation of cottages from outside to inside worked incredibly well. Some scene changes were extremely noisy during Act 1 though. A colourful and atmospheric lighting plot also contributed effectively to this fairy tale although sound at times was distorted.

All costumes were worn well by Principals, ensemble and the Cinnamon Team. I adored the ‘ Gingerbreads’ and the construction of Weasel was totally realistic.

Lines were delivered assuredly although I did detect hesitancy from time to time by a couple of principal cast.For me there were some very memorable scenes. I certainly enjoyed the ‘jolly’ performance by the Travelling Theatre Troup. This village scene added additional pace and energy to the production and those ‘pantomime ingredients’ were beginning to shine through. Well done George and Georgia.Hansel (Jack Brotherton) and Gretel (Holly Fleetwood) showed commitment to their roles and warmed to their audience immediately.I would never be forgiven if I did not mention the talents of Dillion Berry and Pete White who played the roles of Jake and Will Grimm. Here were two very funny and energetic performers who had mastered their art of comic timing. A sound performance.

Although this was a seasonal show with a number of pantomime factors missing you certainly put together a production that entertained and enthralled.

Thank you for inviting me.

SFD Moderation by Nigel Ford

Contact

Merlin Theatre Productions
Merlin Theatre
Bath Road
Frome
Somerset
BA11 2HG

Email: merlintheatreproductions@gmail.com

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