AWARD: ‘BEST PANTO’ NODA 2016 – Mutiny on the Bounty – First Act

BEST PANTO

NODA ACCOLADE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD, 2016

“Mutiny on the Bounty” – First Act

The show opened to Aaron Danvers Jukes’ introduction which he delivered in a confident, w-articulated voice. The set was effective with a large ship and palm tree in the background.  Ross Forde as Fletcher Christian spoke loudly and clearly throughout and it was evident that he enjoyed playing his part.

There was good vocal participation by the whole cast in the song ‘Blow the Man Down’. They were all clearly having fun. The matelots looked very effective in their striped blue and white tops and the comedy of the sailor with the rubber ring in the rough seas was very entertaining.

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As the sailors arrived on the island of Tahiti, the beautiful, brightly coloured costumes of the islanders really made you feel as if you were there. When both the sailors and islanders were all on the stage together the effect of the large cast was very impressive.

The ‘Whisky Shanty’ was sung competently by Martin Jones. The words were sung clearly and skilfully.

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The song ‘Island of Dreams’ was sung superbly and was enthusiastically signed by Maggie Murthwaite.

‘Happy Talk’ was a delight both to listen to and watch. Participation was very good and co-ordination of the hand actions was well synchronised in time to the music.
The whole cast signed in unison to ‘Island in the Sun’ which was sung beautifully.

The second act opened with Andrew Rose playing a convincingly evil part as Captain Bligh, causing the audience to boo. The sound effects at this point were especially effective.

Maggie Murthwaite has to be particularly congratulated again on her dancing to the ABBA tune. This she performed very confidently and gracefully and it was a joy to watch.

The imaginative choreography with the props that portrayed the boat on the stormy seas was very effective and those involved in this clearly enjoyed performing this scene.

The enthusiasm of the maraca shakers was evident in the song ‘Cabin Fever’. The solos were also excellent and the choreography was particularly good.

The song ‘Bounty’s Burning’ was sung to the tune of London’s Burning and I was particularly impressed with the descant and the solo performed by the recorder player.

Aaron Danvers Jukes sang the Carrick Fergus Lament exceptionally well and confidently. This was sung a cappella and was beautifully in tune. Excellent.

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‘What Shall we do with the Drunken Sailor?’ was the final song which had a riotous ending with a grisly shout as Captain Bligh was tossed overboard.

All in all this was a very enjoyable and entertaining evening. The enthusiasm and energy throughout the show by all the First Act company members was admirable.

Congratulations to all of you. Those involved in the choreography, costumes, set, props and production are very talented and also need to be praised. Many thanks go to all those who give their time to help with the First Act group and to Shanklin Theatre for providing the venue. The large audience really appreciated the show, participated when possible and applauded at every opportunity.

Performed April 2016

Reviewed By Rita Boffin.  Originally submitted to NODA’s website.  For more information on the 2016 NODA award visit our earlier posting here.

Photos courtesy of Ingenious Design UK

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