Production 186 Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & GretelBy Debbie Pinfold

Performed Dec 12th to 15th December 2012 at The Kilshawe Theatre






The Cast

The Cast

Hansel Kai Handley
Gretel Erin Pinfold
Handy Hanz David Carter
Frau McVitty Duncan Currie
Witch Sophie Chadwick
Candy Cane Sarah Holman
Peter Ken Green
Gertrude Sarah Whiting
Prince Charming / Father Bear Mike Flynn
School Kid / Mother Bear Molly Bigg
School Kid / Baby Bear Harry Toye
School Kids Katie Brind, Charlotte Clark, Ollie Hood, Charlotte Martin, Hannah Martin, Mia-Jane McGahan, Mimi Peacock & Jun Shek

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Guild players surpass themselves again

After attending Guild pantomimes for many years, I knew they could be relied upon to provide an excellent two hours of entertainment, but this year they surpassed themselves with Hansel and Gretel. The incredibly strong cast was led by the endearing and thoroughly believable pairing of Erin Pinfold and Kai Handley. Erin’s solos were beautiful. A hilarious, Mrs. Doubtfire resembling dame was played with great comic timing by Duncan Currie, a Guild veteran who has clearly found a new niche in the role of the dame. Mike Flynn gave a fantastic performance as the bumbling Prince, including attempting to woo a bride with his hilarious performance of the Gangnam style dance which received a huge ovation. One of the major successes was a fantastic chorus of young people who performed several song and dance numbers with great aplomb. Director Debbie Pinfold once again proved herself to be worthy of a professional venue with her skills and talent allowing the whole cast to shine. The cast were supported by spectacular sets and wonderful costumes, including life-size gingerbread men and the dame’s hilarious costume, modelling herself on American pop princess Nicky Minaj!

Faye Rye
Published in The East Kent Mercury January 25th 2013



Come and see our panto!

A pantomine adapted by Debbie Pinfold takes to the stage in Deal next month when The Guild Players return with a new pantomime Hansel and Gretel. Duncan Currie from the amateur group said "The traditional story has been adapated for a modern family audience. The Guild Players pantomimes are always keenly awaited and this one promises to be the best ever!". Published in The East Kent Mercury November 15th 2012

Lost children at the centre of panto fun

Put together a forest, a witch, her gingerbread house and two lost children and you have all the ingredients for what promises to be the best ever pantomime from The Guild Players in Deal. Hansel and Gretel will unfold at The Kilshawe Theatre, St George's Hall, in the High St, from December 12th to 15th There will be performances at 7:30 pm each night with a matinee on Saturday 15th, at 2:30 pm. This production has been imaginatively adapted by Debbie Pinfold for a modern family audience and is keenly awaited. Published in The East Kent Mercury November 22nd 2012

Players' pantomime to tell story of Hansel and Gretel

A family-friendly version of the famous Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel will be the next pantomime to be performed by the Guild Players. Hansel and Gretel are a brother and sister who get lost in the forest and find a cottage made of various types of sweets, cakes and biscuits. The owner of the cottage is a little old lady. She welcomes the children in and acts as if she loves them, but is she all that she seems? Director Debbie Pinfold has imaginatively adapted the story for a modern family audience with the help of musical director William Parker-Gorman and producer Duncan Currie. Published in The East Kent Mercury November 29th 2012

Childrens's tale adapted for panto audiences

The Guild Players return to panto with Hansel and Gretel. The story has been adapted for a modern family audience by Director Debbie Pinfold. There will be four evening performances and a matinee at The Kilshawe Theatre, St George's Hall, off the High St. The curtain goes up on Wednesday, December 12th, with performances running until Saturday December 15th, at 7:30 pm. That day there will also be a matinee at 2:30 pm. Published in The East Kent Mercury November 29th 2012

Young actress lands star role at Christmas Panto

At the age of six Erin Pinfold made her debut appearance on stage with the Guild Players, dressing up and having fun playing three characters. After a few more parts in the drama group's shows, from Wednesday she is back in the spotlights again in one of the main parts of Hansel and Gretel. "I just like being on stage. I like the excitement of it all - it is fun!" And she is only 15.
The show can be seen from December 12th for four nights, with a matinee on the final day, and it is being presented at the Kilshawe Theatre in Deal town centre. It will be Erin's first big part and teh process of learning the panto script has been a challenging one for the busy Castle Community College pupil. She said "I am on stage most of the time for Hansel and Gretel and when I started learning my lines for the Gretel part weeks ago I was learning lines for a Shakespeare play at school! "I just keep reading them through and through and at rehearsals it just gets easier to do. I don't understand how I can remember them all, but one of my best friends at school plays Hansel which makes it easier because we can go through the lines together." Erin, of College Rd, Deal, was only two when she started lessons with Footsteps in Deal and can remember wanting to dance when her friends attended classes. Her first solo part on stage with the Guild Players was in 2003 in The Wizard of Oz and since then she has appeared in the drama group's Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol and Cinderella, when she performed her first solo song. "This will be my fourth panto and would like to go into performing arts when I leave school next year, either staying at Castle Community School or to Canterbury College. I haven't decided yet." Erin starts her GCSEs early next year and, apart from preparing for Hansel and Gretel she is also busy in her role as Miss Invicta Kent. On Saturday she will be taking part in the Christmas Carnival after the Carols at the Bandstand on Walmer Green. "In my spare time I just laze around. I like sleeping!" Her family are also involved in the Guild Players. Her mother Debbie has adapted the next week's production and father Mike and sister Mica are helping back stage. Erin said there is acting in their blood, and her grandparents performed in London's clubs in their late teens and early 20s at Gang Show and charity events. Published in The East Kent Mercury December 6th 2012

Song, dance and laughs with Hansel and Gretel

Colourful costumes, songs, dancing and plenty of laughs are on the cards when a production of Hansel and Gretel opens in Deal on Wednesday. The Guild Players are presenting the show at The Kilshawe Theatre, St. George's Hall, High St, and tickets are on sale now for the five productions. Duncan Currie, from the drama group, said "We return to the Christmas stage with a brand new pantomime, Hansel and Gretel, which has been adapted by Debbie Pinfold. "The famous traditional story has been imaginatively adapted for a modern family audience and our pantomimes are always keenly awaited. This one promises to be one of the best ever and there are only five performances of this world premiere. Not to be missed!" Two teenagers from Castle Community College, Mill Hill, Deal, take the two main roles, with Kai Handley playing Hansel and Erin Pinfold as Gretel. Published in The East Kent Mercury December 6th 2012

Mike's Charming panto role

Mike Flynn loves the buzz of getting on stage and entertaining. So in his role as Prince Charming in the Guild Players' latest pantomime he has plenty of scope for that. Hansel and Gretel is the latest show to be put on by the players at the Kilshawe Theatre, and as well as being one of the main stars. Mike, 28, has taken the role of assistant producer to make the most of his technical skills. "I joined the players last year and this is the second production I have been in", he said. His first part was as Micky Rale in Alan Ayckbourn's comedy farce RolePlay. "I went along last year and decided it would be something nice to do. I hadn't done any acting except for when I had a year of drama classes at Dover Grammar School for Boys.". Anyone familiar with the Brothers Grimm story will know there was no Prince Charming in the original. But this pantomime is no ordinary play, having been rewritten from an American version of the story by Director Debbie Pinfold. "Hansel and Gretel live in a village which is owned by the prince and he comes in and collects the rent," Mike said. "He is a bit of a fool with no sense. He is quite vain. It is a pretty comedic part." Mike has been in Deal all his life and lives in West Street. He works for P&O as a software developer and has been helping with the music mixes and set building. In his spare time, Mike enjoys karate and attending classes at Deal Welfare Club. He has also become interested in archery and started Dover Castle Archers in May. Published in The East Kent Mercury December 13th 2012

Don't Miss Hansel and Gretel

Songs, dancing and laughs started last night (Wednesday) at the Kilshawe Theatre, Deal, when the Guild Players pantomime Hansel and Gretel opened. It has been adapted by Debbie Pinfold from Deal and can be seen for another three evenings at 7.30 pm, as well as a matinee on Saturday at 2.30 pm. Duncan Currie from the Guild Players said: "We return to the Christmas stage with a new pantomime. The traditional story has been imaginatively adapted fro a modern family audience. "Our pantos are always keenly awaited and this one promises to be one of the best ever!" Published in The East Kent Mercury December 13th 2012

Production Team

Production Team

Director Debbie Pinfold
Producer Duncan Currie
Assistant Producer Mike Flynn
Musical Director William Parker-Gorman
Music Producers Mike Flynn & Debbie Pinfold
Choreography Debbie Pinfold
Set Design & Construction Kevan Allaway & Mike Pinfold
Set Artwork & Painting Dawn Buddle & Andrea Smith
Constructed Set Props Andrea Smith & Malcolm Smith
Props Debbie Pinfold
Stage Crew Kevan Allaway, Michael Anglim, Mike Pinfold, Mica Pinfold & Kane Smith
Sound and Lighting William Parker-Gorman, James Waldron & Sam Street
Costumes Debbie Pinfold, Andrea Smith & Freda Smith
Make-Up Suzanna Forrister-Beer Mua, Anna Forrister & Stacey Hoile
Photography Gavin Hardy
Poster and Programme Design Debbie Pinfold
Printing Mike Pinfold
Publicity Manager Duncan Currie
Front of House Manager Tim Wales
Front of House Assistants Barry Barnsley, Patsy Grant, Jean Green & James Peacock