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Coppelia, The risk pays off!
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

February 26, 2006:

Hatherleigh Players performed the first Pantomime version of Coppelia in the world and what a success! Jane Francis', script changed this dramatic ballet into a comic achievement that should not be understated. Dr. Coppelius, played by Bernard Jones made this Frankenstein character into a bumbling professor superbly manipulated by Wolfgang, played by Bill Smithers .
The love between the between the mean Sir Quentin Dastardleigh and the greedy Mrs. Pulkinhorn, superbly portrayed by Alan Jones and Deb Laing-Trengrove respectively, on the basis of mutual manipulation, each trying do out each other with their meanness.
The scenes were interspaced by short sketches and comic scenes, highlighted by slap and tickle, the street cleaners that added that bit of slapstick that no panto should be without.
Congratulations to all who took part, from the Wood Nymph's dancing, Lucy Fawcett to wonderful voice of SnoGoose, Sandra Hawking. Not forgetting the police, dragons and toys.



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