Monifieth Amateur Dramatic Society have just brought their annual panto run to a successful conclusion once again.
Their production of ‘Peter Pan’ by J.M. Barrie at Monifieth Theatre was directed by Maggie Gray and assisted by Christian Gourlay.
Kieran Bole, a keen member of Monifieth Youth Theatre, played the lead role, and portrayed Peter Pan with precisely the right amount of eager, childlike enthusiasm.
Cliff Cuthbertson was excellent as Captain Hook and obviously relished being the ‘baddie’, encouraging much audience participation as he tried to dodge the hungry crocodile (David Goodfellow) and outlined his dastardly plans to defeat his arch enemy, aided and abetted by the jealous (and extremely sparkly) Tinkerbell (Shelagh Philips).
Tiger Lily was perhaps an unexpected dame but Alan Hunter revelled in the part and the audiences took him to their hearts.
Niamh Shiel, a natural as Wendy, never faltered in word, action or song, leading her younger brothers and the Lost Boys throughout their mystical adventure in Neverland.
Adam Le Grice played the younger brother, Michael, and Spencer Mason threw himself into the part of John with an excellent upper class English voice and attitude but he also made a surprising appearance at Marooner’s Rock as one of a bevy of beautiful mermaids who were the backing group to Myrtle the Mermaid (Wilma Low) in a rendition of ‘Baby Love’.
Myrtle herself spouted forth many a corny line without which no pantomime would be complete.
Comedy duo, Steven Armstrong as the lovable Smee and his sidekick Starkey (Isaac Devereux) delighted younger members of the audience with their antics, which included spraying them with water pistols.
This was a fast paced show, with much variety, plenty of dance routines from Lost Boys, sailors and Indians, colourful costumes and impressive backdrops.
Of course, there were a few hitches at times, some involving complicated harnesses for the flying scenes and some less dramatic, such as the Dame discovering during the second weekend that he’d been wearing his bra the wrong way round (don’t ask!).
Despite these minor problems, all in all, MAD’s ‘Peter Pan’ has been voted a resounding success.
Monifieth Amateur Dramatics can be justly proud of their Christmas production. After all, the proof is in the figgy pudding.
When a young teenager stands on stage with a loyal, dying fairy at his feet and manages to have every single person in a full theatre clapping their hands, stamping their feet and shouting ‘I believe in fairies’ - now that’s entertainment!