Saturday, 11 December 2021

Sleeping Beauty Crewe Lyceum

I had the pleasure of being invited to see the performance of Sleeping Beauty tonight at our beautiful Crewe Lyceum Theatre.

It was so good to see covid had not dampened the atmosphere at the theatre and it was lovely to see it so busy again.

TV Personality and Comedian Bobby Davro was the extremely funny Muddles, there was so much interaction with the audience and he dealt with a heckler like a pro. The tongue twister sketch was hilarious and slightly risqué.  X Factor star Amelia Lily was Princess Beauty, her opening song got the audience clapping their hands and tapping their feet. 

Malcolm Lord was a fantastic Dame and had a great bond with Bobby.

Carabosse, The Wicked Fairy (Bethany Alice Black) gave a convincing performance as a baddie, her costume was stunning. Isabella Mason played her 1st role in panto as The Good Fairy, her rendition of When you believe was breathtaking and she lit up the stage.

Chris Durtnal was the handsome Prince Harry of Haslington and had great chemistry with Sleeping Beauty.

My only one criticism was the sound, I felt the music was slightly over powering the vocals. but it was definitely good to be back at the theatre again.

Go to https://crewelyceum.co.uk/Online/default.asp to book your tickets until 2nd January 


                                  Credit Wes Webster Photography below



WELCOME BACK TO PANTOLAND

Last night we were welcomed back to The Regent Theatre Stoke to watch this year's production of Panto, Cinderella. After the weirdest 20 months it was so good to be back to the excitement of live Panto, the theatre was buzzing and alive again.

I have never laughed so much till I cried and cried till I laughed, we were definitely uplifted with the gags, slapstick humour and one-liners. 

Jonathan Wilkes resident Stokie played the cheeky Buttons and Christian Patterson played Baroness Heifer Hardup, Kai Owen was Prince Charming's sidekick Dandini. The special bond between them was evident especially when they hugged after an emotional speech by Johnny at the end.

Cinderella (Naomi Slights) and Prince Charming (Ryan Jupp) were a beautiful match and the ugly sisters were hilarious (Vivien Parry & Annie Wensak) and the Fairy Godmother (Olympia Curry) all had superb voices.

It was so magical when Cinderella went to the ball on her white horse and carriage at the end of the first half, I always look at Mark and Luke's reactions to see if they're as in awe as me, it was harder to read this year as we were wearing masks but I know they were impressed, I have to admit I had a little tear too. 

It was a great couple hours forgetting about Covid-19, there were so many scenes to give us a proper belly laugh, the innuendos were one after another and I have to admit that my now 14 year old gets all the 'adult' jokes now too. 

 For a magical experience don't miss out on this years Panto at the Regent Theatre. 

Images courtesy of Clara Lou Photography




 

Friday, 3 April 2020

COVID19 - CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

What the actual heck is going on? It's so surreal and I just keep thinking I'm going to wake up from this bad dream.

My sister lives in Hong Kong so I was hearing about how it was all unfolding over there but I never ever expected it to escalate like it has over here. The worst part of it was seeing all the empty shelves in the supermarkets and watching the panic unfold, thankfully I think it's calmed down a bit now but I'm still unable to buy flour to use Luke's Christmas present and make bread. Never will I take it for granted again! It's scary times and worrying for everyone.

I was devastated when I first had to temporarily close down my business but after getting my head round it I'm much more positive. I know when all this is over, classes will be full and all the cancelled parties will be rebooked.

Everyone has been affected one way or another, Luke had a school trip to France cancelled, he was due to go last Friday so we planned a 'French' day and had croissants, pain au chocolat and hot chocolate! We have also had a couple of theatre shows cancelled too, it's so sad for everyone involved. Luke will turn 13 at end of April, we had a party planned at the Virtual Gaming place in Stoke but this has been postponed now too.

I am now actually quite enjoying lockdown, I've been busy clearing out cupboards and drawers and have taken up crafts again. I love sewing and after 2 weeks have still not got that set up but did get my wool and knitting needles out of the loft to start a project for Leighton hospital.

I have also jumped on the 'ZOOM' bandwagon and have been running online Zumba classes for 2 weeks. I also did my first Baby Sign/Toddler Dance session this week. It was so lovely to see all the children and hear them shouting my name. It made me a bit emotional and hope they don't forget me!

Can't wait to see everyone again!

Take care of you and your little ones and stay safe!

Love Sharon


Tuesday, 28 January 2020

020 DANCE FESTIVAL : The Roaring 20's



Last night I was invited to the annual 'O' Dance Festival at the Regent Theatre, Stoke. The theme was the Roaring 20's and dance companies from all over Cheshire, Staffordshire and the Mid-West took to the stage with their themed dances to celebrate the 1920's era. They celebrated Charlie Chaplin, Suffragettes and even Winnie the Pooh as well and dance styles included Jazz, Charleston and Jive.

The audience was buzzing with excited family members and for some would have been their first time on a big stage. It was a fantastic evening seeing all the brave and talented children of all ages, the choreography and costumes were stunning and you there was so much hard work put in by all.

The show is on until Saturday 1st February, its fantastic to see so many local dance schools showcasing their talents.

https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/020-dance-the-roaring-20s/regent-theatre/

Friday, 13 December 2019

SLEEPING BEAUTY - THE PANTOMIME OF YOUR DREAMS


It only starts to feel like Christmas when I see the panto at The Regent Theatre, Stoke, the atmosphere is always buzzing for opening night and you can feel the excitement from both children and adults.

This year's performance is Sleeping Beauty, Luke and I had to google the storyline before we came, and although the original isn't set at Stokey Palace in Stoke-On-Trent, there are still elements of the authentic fairytale.

Local Stokey, Jonathan Wilkes plays Muddles, who is in love with Princess Beauty, his mother, the Royal Nanny is played by Christian Patterson and another regular Kai Owen is King Cyril of Stokey. The comedy timing between the three of them is hilarious. I have never laughed so much during the first half of a panto before, so many clever jokes for all generations and lots of innuendos. Naomi Slights is Princess Beauty and entertained us with her beautiful singing, the Wicked Fairy, Carobosse was played by Vivien Parry, she was a believable baddy who also belted out some well-known songs. Delme Thomas was The Spirit of Stoke who was the king of the one-liners and dazzled us with his sparkly costumes.

As Luke is now getting older, he is beginning to understand the more 'adult' jokes but also finds the slapstick humour hilarious. We love our family outing to the Panto and even hubby got up and partook in the audience singalong!

If you are able to treat your family to the panto this year make sure you see this, you won't be disappointed!

https://www.atgtickets.com/times/sleeping-beauty/regent-theatre/2019-12-14



Thursday, 26 September 2019

MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL

 Production shot




If you and your children are fans of the Madagascar Movies you need to get to the Regent Theatre in Stoke this week to see Madagascar The Musical.

Our favourite characters, Alex the Lion (Matt Terry), Marty the Zebra (Posi Morakinyo), Melman the Giraffe (Connor Dyer), Gloria the Hippo (Hannah Victoria) escape Central Park zoo and find themselves in the Wild where they meet King Julien (Kieran Mortell). The production stayed true to the movie and the bond between the friends was endearing.

For us, King Julien stole the show in the second half singing the iconic 'I Like to Move It, Move It', the whole audience was in stitches laughing and it resonated round the theatre. 

The costumes and puppetry was fantastic, especially the famous Penguins of Madagascar. The songs and dancing was entertaining, Matt Terry's voice was amazing! Depending where you sit in the audience the scenery could cause a bit of obstruction so if you haven't bought tickets already choose central seats.

To book tickets for a great family show go to https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/regent-theatre/

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

IN THE NIGHT GARDEN LIVE!


As Luke is getting older (he turned 12 this year) I am getting more nostalgic about his early years. One of his favourite programmes as a toddler was 'In the Night Garden' so when I saw the Live Show was coming to Stoke on its first ever theatre tour I couldn't resist in taking my 3 year old Godson.

The theatre was buzzing with families with babies up to pre-schoolers, there was lots of excitement waiting for Igglepiggle, Makka Pakka and Upsy Daisy and friends. It stayed true to the original tv programme format with the well-known songs and life-size characters and puppets. It was magical to see everyone waving and singing along (me included!)

It was fantastic to see it all all come to life and there were a few little surprises for anyone who is still to go and see it! I'm sure Zak enjoyed it, I know I certainly did!

If you have toddlers who love the show, I highly recommend going. It's on tomorrow at 10am and 1pm Regent Theatre