Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – BASE

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – BASE, Brewhouse arts centre, Burton.

 It’s a shame to start on a sad note but mention must be made of the retirement of two stalwarts of Burton Amateur Stage Entertainers.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs marks the final show for both percussionist William Hughes and doyen of the ivories ‘Auntie’ Joan Broadhurst who is a founding member of BASE and the long-serving musical director.

However, it is safe to stay they are both bowing out on a high.

 Snow White is, as usual with BASE, a joyous romp through panto land with a wicked queen, a hapless henchman, beautiful princess and of course a dashing thigh-slapping prince.

The dwarfs are wonderfully recreated and were a highlight of the show as ‘off to work they go’ with their much-loved song.

The Voice of the Mirror effect was well-created and the cast were lively in the song and dance routines.

Jodie Swann as Muddles the jester had a good rapport with the young members of the audience and the youngsters certainly did all that was required of them to move the story along.

All the principles were spot on; Gemma East as Morgiana, the wicked queen, deservedly had the audience booing her every appearance and exit and Nick Holburn as Herman the Henchman got his fair share of brickbats.

Fairy Goodheart, played by Joanne Milligan, was every inch the good fairy who sustained the children in Snow White’s darkest hour.

As the cast prepared for the wedding finale, Muddles and Herman led the rousing sing-along with aplomb, helped by some young audience members.

 Final word of the evening went to the young child behind me who summed it up very well by saying ‘I think this is very funny’.

 Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs is on at the Brewhouse every night this week at 7.30pm with matinees on both Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets are available from the Brewhouse box office on 01283 508100.

 Review by Bill Pritchard

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