Has the Christmas pantomime season started yet?... Oh yes it has! Oldham Coliseum Theatre opened their new production of "Jack and the Beanstalk" to a nearly full house of super excited children and even more excited adults waiting to see the best traditional pantomime in Manchester for which the Oldham Coliseum is known for. The story follows poor young Jack Trott who sells his hippie cow for magic beans, much to the dismay of his mother. When the beans grow into a gigantic beanstalk Jack sets off for an adventure in the magical land above the clouds. This production of Jack and the Beanstalk is a traditional family pantomime with a modern twist and it was just perfect!
The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Oldham Coliseum
The title role of Jack was played smoothly by Sam Glen who had great strength, experience and talent to perform this role. His vocals were very nice and combined with his acting, dancing and great interaction with the audience Glen did a brilliant job! Shorelle Hepkin played Jill Grabbmuch perfectly and also had very nice voice tone and amazing interaction with the audience getting them involved as much as possible. Dame Dotty Trott was played incredibly well by a Pantomime veteran Richard J Fletcher who had some hilarious one liners and gave his character lots of energy and life making it a joy to watch him on stage. Jenny Platt was fantastic as Mavis Moorside and Good Fairy Greenfield and her characterisation of both very different characters (as one was a bad witch and the other was a good fairy) was fabulous. Sophie Mercell as Grotton and Patrick Bridgman as Lord Thickpenny Grabbmuch created a phenomenal idiotic duo and had the audience in stitches at some points. The star of the show for me though was definitely Mitesh Soni as Hazy the Hippy Cow as he was just outstanding! His character made an appearance on stage maybe 3 or 4 times but he stole the stage in every scene he was in with his seriousness and ridiculously funny movements and actions. The fact that he was also a Hippy cow made it even more hilarious as it allowed Soni to take this small character further and play with it, and Soni did the best he could possibly do and his performance was definitely remarkable.
Hazy the Hippy Cow played by Mitesh Soni
The choreography by Beverley Norris-Edmunds was marvellous and the Green dance team were perfect performing such an advanced choreography on stage and I really loved each and every facial expression during their numbers as they added more reactions into the scenes. The script by Fine Time Fontayne and Chris Lawson (who also directed this show wonderfully) was faultless and it was packed with all the steps to create a hit pantomime like this one.
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Overall, this fantastic Pantomime has set the bar very very high for other pantomimes as it is simply sensational... Oh yes it is!