It’s the most wonderful time of the year: tis the season to be jolly! And in theatre land it honestly is a lovely time to be involved!
Producing a Christmas show is most definitely not an easy task, especially if you’re straying away from the traditional pantomime and bringing something new and reinvented to the stage. It needs to be ready for an audience full of expectant children and families, and of course, those just looking for a slice of Christmas spirit! And a child could possibly be the harshest critic: mostly because lying and sarcasm has normally not been learnt to a good standard at a young age!
Sleeping Beauties, Sherman Cymru’s Christmas show this year, is a fine example of a brilliant combination of a beautiful set (seriously, a forest has never looked so stunning!) and amazing performances from all. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a fairy tale and this modern reinvention of Sleeping Beauty is one for all the family. Lisa Jen Brown has a stunning voice and her narration really pulls the audience into the carefully woven storyline, with the Prince (Adam Scales) on roller skates to bring some afternoon delight to the second act!
And for the little ones, Corina Pavlova and the Lions Roar is a true beauty. Lemurs, llamas, rats in pyjamas… Which pet would choose you? Mr McAlistair is there to help Corina find her ideal pet in time for Christmas, and meets lots of wonderful animals along the way. Kudos to the costume department, the set and costumes are lovely and they all got a few oohs and aahs from the grown ups in the audience! A lush show for the little ones with an incredibly hard working cast producing a magical experience!
So, even if you’re bored of the traditional ‘he’s behind you’ ‘oh no he isn’t’ routine this year, there’s always something new and exciting out there! And accompanied with a glass of mulled wine or a baileys hot chocolate… What could go wrong?!
Merry Christmas everyone!