Sparkling performances from NOWMADS in panto

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Cinderella, the heart-warming rags to riches pantomime classic, was given the full treatment by NOWMADS (Nottingham West Music and Drama Society), who lit up the Kimberley School Theatre with five sparkling performances that delighted audiences.

This fun-filled, all singing, all dancing, pantomime treat proved to be a triumph for Producer Tom Bailey on his directorial debut.

A wonderful performance by hugely talented leading lady Hannah Lishman as the down-trodden Cinders, left to the mercy of her wicked step-mother and her ghastly siblings, following her father’s second marriage, provided the foundation stones for another success.

Every pantomime needs a dame and in Steve Clarke and Haydn Taylor, a perfect “gruesome twosome“, NOWMADS produced a deadly double act who are masters of their trade. The dynamic duo’s comic wit and hilarious antics and marvellous rapport with audiences made a lasting impression.

There were fine individual performances and none did better than Rachel Bailey (Prince Charming), Kelly Wakefield as her trusty aide Dandini, Daniel de Martino as the lovelorn Buttons, his mum Carole who played the Fairy Godmother, Alison Reeves who played the Wicked Stepmother and Oliver Goodman who was well cast as Baron Hardup.

Jaden Ragozins and Ashley Smith served up a comic treat as gourmet chefs Gordon Oliver and Jamie Ramsey in an hilarious scene of culinary madness that had the audience begging for more.

A word of praise too for a talented chorus that included rising young stars Abbie Harvey, Emily Coulter, Lucy Coulter and Rowan Smith

Musical director John Wilson and his talented musicians hit all the right notes while choreographers Jane Clarke and Merle Harrison were spot on with their well rehearsed dancing routines.

Swift scene changes and brilliant costumes added to the enjoyment of a production that ended with a rousing rendition of We Go Together (from Grease).

Since its inception in 1979, NOWMADS have made giant strides and this brilliant Pantomime production further endorsed the reputation of a theatre company which is second to none!.

Plans are already being put into place for the group’s autumn production which is Carousel. New performers (male and female) over the age of 16 are invited to join the company.

For full details phone Graham Lambert on 07971 470203.