11:56 Monday 03 February 2014

Sleeping Beauty meets her prince in Doveridge show

Written byJENNY MOODY

A CLASSIC children’s tale of a princess waiting for her prince has been brought back to life in Doveridge.

Drama group Mulberry Theatre saw a full house at every performance as members performed Sleeping Beauty at Doveridge Village Hall, in Sand Lane.

Spectators were invited to join King Cactus and Queen Marigold as they celebrated the birth of the beautiful baby princess with the rest of their kingdom but forgot to invite the bad witch Hazel.

An evil spell saw the bad witch put the princess to sleep on her 18th birthday and only a kiss from the handsome prince will break the spell and wake the princess.

The show was billed as the groups ‘most visually stunning and lavish pantomime performance yet’.

Cast member Kevin Chidlow, who played Nurse Dottie Dettle, told the Advertiser the show had been very well supported by people living in the village.

He said: “It went very well and we had a cracking four shows.

“It was very well supported and it was a very good weekend, although very tiring.

“We had a full house each night so we really were chuffed with it, really pleased.

“We had quite a few new people in the show who were not necessarily new to the stage but did not have that much experience.

“Everybody in the village who came along really enjoyed it as it was a traditional pantomime and this is the first year that we have done it after Christmas. A pantomime is nice being part of Christmas but people are very busy so we thought it would be nice to it in January when people have less going on.”

Gill Bryan, who is the first time director of the show, added: “We had a fantastic script from Alan Frayn who lives locally but has his pantomimes performed all over the country.”

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