Production 183 Treasure Island
By Derek Dwyer & Merlin Price
Performed on Wed 16th to Sat 19th December 2009 at The Kilshawe Theatre
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Players hit all the right notes with super panto
Audiences came away from the Guild Players 2009 pantomime performance of Treasure Island wanting more thanks to the acting and production skills of the cast and crew. The family-friendly show boasted an impressive cast, bursting with swathes of enthusiastic youngsters showcasing their dancing and singing talents. Stunning solos were sung by Jim Hawkins played by Louise Friend, Davina played by Charlotte Smith and Lynne Frackleton’s Kira, while the traditional comedy elements were strengthened by punchy dialogue skilfully tied in with up to the minute pop songs from the likes of Alesha Dixon. The script was written by Derek Dwyer and Merlin Price, and adapted by director Debbie Pinfold who injected a modern twist with gags based on current affairs and celebrities of the moment. Long John Silver, played by Neil Hornsey, was the archetypal crafty pirate, with tall stories of his time at sea, and a band of shipmates dominated scenes with awe inspiring dance routines. Spectators were glued to their seats courtesy of the elaborate choreography with colourful costumes, make up and tribal sounding pop music filled the hall.