BASE – Sleeping Beauty – Review

Sleeping Beauty, Burton Amateur Stage Entertainers

Lots of music, plenty of slapstick, corny puns galore, a wicked villain and of course bags of audience participation.

I can’t recall an audience at the Brewhouse that got involved so fully and so quickly with a show. Right from the off they were cheering the good guys and jeering the bad – at the end I felt quite sorry for the evil Carabosse, Sarah Goodall, and her henchcat Spindleshanks, played by Theresa Bray. Even as Fairy Peaceful, Gemma East, was trying to get the villains some forgiveness the audience wanted nothing less than banishment.

Directed by Martin Goodall and Jodie Swann, the cast, led by Chris Knight as Queen Dorothy, Nick Holburn as King Norbert and Ken Dawson as Billy carried the audience with them all the way to the happy ending.

Sam Harrison who played Kitty and Charlotte Holburn who was Princess Aurora were the choreographers and the dancers and other members of the cast certainly came together well in the ensemble numbers. The forest of thorns was particularly effective I thought.

Principal boy Sharon Hughes as Prince Orlando and also his great, great grandson – by coincidence also called Orlando – came to the rescue in a dashing swordfight with Carabosse on his way to waking the princess with a kiss.

Ken Dawson did a very good job with the audience members who were selected to come on stage and lead the singing while the cast got into their glad rags for the finale.

Once again BASE put on a show that is bursting with enthusiasm and dares you to not join in.

Sleeping Beauty is on at the Brewhouse Arts Centre until Saturday, February 20th at 6.30pm tonight (Wednesday) and 7.30pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. There are also matinee performances on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm.

Please check ticket availability with the Brewhouse box office on 01283 508100 as some of the performances are already sold out.]

Bill Pritchard.

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