Sleeping Beauty

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  • Date: 27/12/2019 09:00 - 01/01/2020 09:03
  • Location: Strode Theatre, Street (Map)

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Essential Information

GSMCS presents: Sleeping Beauty by Alan P Frayn. Courtesy of Stage Right Creative.

Director: Brian Epps

Choreographer: Shelley Smith.

Musical Director: Shaun Rigby.

Producers: Mary Parker and Judi Neale (children’s coordinator)

Performance Dates and times:

Friday 27th December at 2.00pm and 6.00pm

Saturday 28th December at 2.00pm and 6.00pm

Sunday 29th December at 2.00pm and 6.00pm

Monday 30th December at 2.00pm and 6.00pm

Tuesday 31st December at 2.00pm

Wednesday 1st January 2020 at 2.00pm.

Ticket Prices all performances:

Adults £15.00. Concessions £14.00. Children 16 yrs and under £10.00.

Family Evening Special: 2 adults and 2 children £46.00.

Party Bookings: 1 free seat in 10.


Mondays and Wednesdays from Monday 9th September.

Workshops  and Auditions info.


Monday 2nd September , 2019. 7.00pm

At: - Leigh Road Methodist Church Hall, Street

Introduction.  Character Synopsis and Script read through.  Concentrating on audition pieces.   With Brian.

Followed by:  Sing through all audition songs for Company & Principals (including Senior Dancers, Senior Chorus and Princess Rose the elder). Those in year 12 and above. With Shaun.

Wednesday 4th September,  2019. 7.00pm

At: - Leigh Road Methodist Church Hall, Street

 Movement workshop followed by Auditions for senior cast.   With Shelley.  

7.00pm.   Senior

Dancers & Princess Rose aged 16.  Plus those in year 12 and above. Please bring tap shoes.

8.00pm.   Everyone else for movement workshop.

followed by:

Movement Auditions.      Please note no under year 12 juniors required until Sunday.

Sunday  8th September,  2019.

At: - South West School of Dance, The Tanyard, Street

  10.00am – 1.00 pm. Children run-through and auditions for those in year 11 and below.  Including Princess Rose aged 12 and  Rainbow Fairies.

Monday 9th September, 2019. 7.00pm

At: -  Leigh Road Methodist Hall, Street

7.00pm Senior Chorus. Those in year 12 and above.

7.30pm Principal auditions.  Script and singing.

Sleeping Beauty Characters

KING CACTUS: Typical King character – played in a slightly light hearted way. (MALE)

QUEEN MARIGOLD: Typical Queen character – not very worldly and knows nothing about motherhood. (FEMALE)

PRINCESS ROSE: The Sleeping Beauty. Young, innocent Princess, as obvious. (PRINCIPAL GIRL). Playing age is 16 but can be older.

PRINCESS ROSE (aged 12): Rose first appears in Act 1 sc4 and 5 during the Schoolroom scene. Thereafter will be a junior company member.

NURSE NETTIE HARPIC: Nursemaid and nanny to the Princess – typical pantomime Dame Character. Lots interaction with a member of the audience. (MALE)

MUDDLES: The Palace handyman. The “Simple Simon” character of the show. (MALE) But could be female!

PRINCE ALEXIS: Young Prince Character. Later in the script when everyone has been asleep for 100 years he plays his own Grandson, PRINCE ALEXANDER - a similar prince role. (MALE OR FEMALE – as Principal Boy)

FETCH & CARRIE: The Palace pages/messengers. Typical panto –style comedy twosome. Later responsible for confiscating pointy objects. Usually MALE AND FEMALE respectively, although both could be FEMALE. Alternatively if Carrie is a male could be spelt CARRY.

GOOD FAIRY LILAC: Typical good fairy character. Speaks in rhyme. Lilac themed costume and wand. (FEMALE)

BAD WITCH HAZEL: Typical evil witch character. (FEMALE)

THE RAINBOW FAIRIES: Six trainee fairies – Red, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue and Indigo with costumes and wands to match. These are dancing/speaking roles for younger children. Two teams – six in each. (FEMALE)

CHORUS: Villagers and Courtiers. Ideally a mixture of male and female adult sized singers and junior singers/dancers. Plenty to do throughout and exciting songs to sing. Everyone has movement to learn.

DANCERS: A team of 6 -10 established dancers (there is a tap routine in this show) who will feature in the musical numbers. They will also play school children in Act 1 sc 5 and the Witches minions in Act 2 scene 4. Also a UV sequence in Act 2 scene 6.

Script Information

(Kindly supplied by Alan Frayn of Stage Right Creative)

A very creative adaptation, full of artistry and magic, re-awakens this tale-of-old, with bucket-loads of comedy!

For a great traditional pantomime, but a refreshing break from the more conventional format, this cracking modern version of Sleeping Beauty makes for panto at its best!

An extra-large portion of comedy and some very original twists and turns along the way make for a novel and artistic production. The storyline is cleverly managed and the common imbalance between Act I and Act II content has finally been resolved!

Nurse Hettie Harpic, the puddle-brained Muddles and two hapless heralds, Fetch and Carrie, ensure the laughs come thick and fast, especially when they meet head-to-head in a hilarious schoolroom scene. With generous possibilities to keep the Chorus busy, there are also more principal roles for females than the norm.

Many productions of this script have won NODA and drama federation “Best Pantomime” awards!


… I cannot let this second "hot off the press" adaptation of one of pantomime's most difficult subjects pass without some introduction.

It is a traditional story which demands a totally imbalanced cast (as compared to any other pantomime). Because the story starts at the birth of the Princess and no less than 18 years pass in the first six scenes, we don't meet the Principal Girl until Act I Scene 5 and, inevitably, by the same token, we only meet the Principal Boy a scene later, making both of these "leading" roles much smaller than usual. On the other hand, Frayn has realised that such a constraining original story makes it possible to provide much meatier roles for the other characters and, in his version more principal roles for women than for men.

Some of the sparkling REVIEWS of our Sleeping Beauty…

“...Sleeping Beauty was a triumph. With an up-to-date script from Alan Frayn a scintillating show has evolved in this fun-filled, scrumptious slice of panto magic!”

Cornish Guardian

“…This was a quick-fire family pantomime – funny, frivolous and as fantastic a frolic as you could find on any professional stage in the UK.”

Gulf Weekly, Bahrain

"...They chose a good script. Alan Frayn is one of the funniest writers in the business today and the script was very clever with plenty of gags. Dame Dottie Dettol picked out one poor fellow in the audience and ribbed him mercilessly throughout the evening. All in all, it was great fun, providing plenty of chuckles and quite a few moments of wonderment.”

SFD Spotlight Magazine

"...This was Alan P Frayn's adaptation of the famous fairy tale which tells of a beautiful princess who is cursed by an evil Witch ... it was pure comic genius."

The Bolton News

“…Like all good pantomimes (and this one was excellently written by Alan P Frayn) it opened with the good Fairy and her four young Rainbow Fairy helpers. The schoolroom scene, where poor Muddles was dropped on the floor so many times by the old fashioned school bench, had most of the audience in hysterics. Nurse Dottie Dettol, for me, was the star of the show. His ‘latching on’ to a member of the audience was perfect – it gave many laughs but without causing too much embarrassment. A very enjoyable evening for cast and audience alike.”

NODA report (Bradford Players)

"...Good quality family entertainment, I would guess, is the reason behind the everlasting popularity of panto. And this latest production of Sleeping Beauty has it by the bucketful. Written by Alan Frayn, the script is original and highly entertaining."

Brixham News

"…Along the way there were jokes aplenty and Alan Frayn's script was suitably adaptable to include a wealth of local references and remarks. There was a real warmth and friendliness about this pantomime that drew the audience members in and made them part of the fun. It was a truly delightful and entertaining show."

John O'Groat Journal

“…This magical panto is fun for all ages … enchanting, entertaining and very funny. Sleeping Beauty by Alan Frayn had all the ingredients for this kind of show – audience participation aplenty, jokes and slapstick humour. There were some good set pieces – in particular, a place name sketch, which was probably the funniest moment of the show.”

Northumberland Gazette