One word sums up Puss In Boots staged at Dinnington’s Lyric Theatre and directed by Trish Probert – exceptional.
Dinnington Operatic Society produced an outstanding family show in the true traditions of pantomime.
On the night I attended the Mayor and Mayoress were part of an enthusiastic audience which was in a party mood from the start. There was a definite buzz in the air and from the moment the curtains opened the cast and the audience were together.
It has to be said that there are some very talented individuals in the DOS team. Gail Cobb, who played Puss, has, for some time now, shone in her roles on stage, no matter how small and the role of Puss gave her the chance to really show everyone what she can do. She was totally at ease on stage and could put some professionals to shame.
Another member of the Cobb family to appear in a principal role was Johnathon Cobb as King Oliphant. Like Gail, he took on a more involved role and executed it perfectly. Taking a ‘rest’ from choreography and directing was Kirstie Probert in the role of Puss’ master, Ralph. Kirstie is a DOS stalwart and an excellent example to follow on stage.
Ellie Stainrod as a glamorous Princess Coral was a bit of a surprise as was Alison Darksus as Fairy Aurora. Where have these two sprung from? They are self-assured and are confident singers, Ellie having a strong contemporary singing style and Alison a beautifully melodic voice. Well done DOS for finding these two – could we see more of them please?
This brings us to John Green as the dame Hermione and Ashley Booker as Trip. John makes such a brilliant dame and no pantomime should be without Ashley, who has surreptitious chats with audience members and, at times, steals the show – Samantha Ball as Maisy was an excellent foil for his shenanigans.
The society dancers and members of the Julie Turner Stage Academy had us all spellbound and, with fantastic backdrops, the tiniest of dancers in rabbit costumes, an ultra-violet display, an enthusiastic trumpet-killing herald and Russ Thornton in the form of a hairy-faced ogre this pantomime truly had it all.
The organisation needed to produce such a polished show is mind-boggling. The music, sound, lighting and dazzling costumes were of such a high standard that I don’t think they could be bettered by any other amateur dramatic group. Book your seats now for Dinnington Operatic Society’s next musical Anything Goes running 10th-15th October - for tickets tel: 01909 569340.
By Wendy Fidoe