Transition Year students from Banagher College – Coláiste na Sionna staged their pantomime production Snow White from Thurs 15 Dec to Sat 17 Dec 2011. This year’s pantomime ticked all the boxes, singing, dancing, colourful costumes, an evil stepmother, plenty of jokes and some Christmas Spirit. Auditions for the production took place in September and the students have been working towards their nights in lights since then.
Written by Shane Keenaghan and directed by Jared Madden, the story follows the classic fairytale with all the traditional characters showing up, some new arrivals paying a visit and creating a lot of drama onstage. Diarmuid Kelly and Eoin O’Connor provided laughs as Ernie and Ralph, a bumbling duo who failed to carry out their mistresses will to kill Snow White (Hilary Newcombe) a sheltered princess who had to fend for herself and carry out all sorts of housework duties, such as cleaning the toilet!
Not even the dwarves were predictable as there were only six in this version, Liam Tierney as Frank, their confused leader, Evan Conroy, the oldest dwarf not entirely with it, Patrick Frehill, a dwarf who needs anger management, Alan Moylan, who confused dreams and reality quite often, Soracha Dolan, a dwarf scared of everything. Even ‘The King’ Elvis (Richard Heraghty) made an appearance, it turns out that he’s just ‘taking a break’ in the dwarves house
Of course no pantomime is complete with a baddie and Declan O’Neill certainly made his evil behaviour believable as he attempted to kill Snow white not once but three times and the children enjoyed booing as they got louder as the show went on.
Barry Egan as the Rabbit turned up in the wrong story and thrilled all the children strolling around causing havoc.
However in this production it wasn’t the Prince that eventually managed to revive Snow White, but one of the dwarves (Alan Moylan) who had fallen in lurve. Nearly all the characters were coupled up at the end of the play including the Wicked Queen with the leader of the seven dwarves. Of course they all lived happily ever after.
Between the entire cast, crew and production team, the amount of work that has been put into this production is nothing short of incredible and it is little wonder therefore that everyone, young and old, were entertained. All involved should know they have done a stellar job and be proud of their efforts. Both students and teachers from the school teamed up and it was their dedication and hard work that made this production possible. A huge thank you to all who helped out and supported the production in any way.
Transition Year Panto Cast
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