Production 157 Dick Whittington

Dick WhittingtonBy Kenneth A. Taylor

Performed on Thu 8th to Sat 11th December 1999 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

 

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Farmer Giles Tracy Pini
Jack Jo Carnell
Dick Whittington Haron Bullen
Fairy Pat Turner
King Rat Peter Ryder
Puss Justine Piner
Sarah Mike Rivarno
Ald. Fitzwarren Nathan Sewell
Swash Lei Cobb
Buckle Louisa Jackson
Alice Sue Watson
King Neptune Nick Tigwell
King Kong Giff Goldfinch
Swells Stephanie Walmsley & Charles Bailey
Mermaid Gemma Reynolds
Villagers, Sailors & Rats Coralie Kavanagh, Stephanie Walmsley, Charles Bailey, Tracy Pini, Marguerite Kavanagh, Kylie Price, Ella Lucas, Flossie Lucas, Rachel Heeley & Jamie Finch

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Dick Whittington

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Players Perfect Choice

When the Guild Players heard about Ann Nettleship’s amateur dramatics experience they snapped her up straight away. She had only called in at one of their rehearsals to see what the group was like and came away with the role of pantomime director. Ann and her husband Nick moved to the area last year and have a house at Hawksdown in Walmer. With many happy years behind her staging gang shows for the Scouts and being a member of an operatic society she wanted to continue her hobby in Deal. Someone told me about The Guild Players and I decided to go along to one of their rehearsals, said Ann. The Chairman asked me what I had done before and then asked me if I would like to direct their production of Dick Whittington she said. I hadn’t done a pantomime before but thought it would be a challenge. Her finished product will go on show at the Kilshawe Theatre in St. George’s Hall from next Wednesday to Saturday. Ann admits she would much rather be directing than performing and enjoys seeing her ideas come to life. I don’t get a buzz out of acting and would much rather be putting the performers through their paces said Ann. It is like starting with a blank piece of paper and seeing the whole picture evolve. Ann has been impressed with talent of the Players and said they are a friendly crowd. I have enjoyed being part of the group and it has been a pleasure working with the musical diector Neil Wright, she said. The pantomime will be a lot of fun for all the family and I hope we get full houses. Ann’s husband Nick will also have his part to play in the production because he is the show’s stage manager.

Mike Rivarno as Sarah

Guild Players add their magic to family panto

The annual Guild Players pantomime Dick Whittington had all the ingredients of a traditional family pantomime and the mixture of song, comedy and audience participation made for a wonderful performance. The story is well known, but The Guild Players added their special magic to ensure another pantomime success. As the curtains opened to the opening song, The Guild Players gave a true picture of what was in store for the next two hours. Throughout the production, we were treated to a talented cast under the careful direction and wonderful choreography of Ann Nettleship. Sharon Bullen played Dick the principal boy with plenty of thigh-slapping fun. Jack, the village idiot (Jo Carnell), warmed well to the audience, who were kept on their toes with plenty of participation. Sarah the Cook (Mike Rivarno) played up to all the usual dame jokes that pantomime revellers have come to know over the years and made sure that no one stole her shopping which was under the careful eye of the audience. The fight between good and evil was so apparent in this pantomime. Peter Ryder played the unlikeble King Rat, with plenty of boos and hisses and Pat Turner the loveable fairy who assisted Dick as he tried to find fame and fortune in London. Plenty of laughs came from Lei Cobb and Louisa Jackson, who played a couple of Tars, Swash and Buckle, adding a nice nautical edge to the pantomime. Nathan Sewell played the well-to-do Alderman Fitzwarren, who was treated to a real comeuppance in his own baker’s shop with a great slapstick cream scene. Justine Piner, who played Puss, acted well as Dick’s feline confidante. Neil Wright provided excellent musical accompaniment and producer Gill Watson made sure the whole pantomime hung together. Congratulations must be extended to all involved.

Paul Rutterford

Production Team

Production Team

Director Anne Nettleship
Producer Gill Watson
Musical Director Neil Wright
Stage Manager Nick Nettleship
Costumes Mary Kettyle & Christine Eyden
Lighting Nick Tigwell & Hannah Tigwell
Sound Christopher Sewell
Prompt Pat Hoddinot
Front of House Gill Watson

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