Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

It's Four Family Fun, Oh Yes It Is

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

It's Four Family Fun, Oh Yes It Is

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A HANDSOME prince, a wicked queen, a gentle leading lady and a happily ever after.

The latest Noosa Arts Theatre production has all the ingredients of a perfect pantomime.

Children and adults alike are encouraged to come along to the Weyba Rd theatre from January 4 to cheer, boo, giggle and clap their way through Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Directed by Susan Dearnley, Snow White has brought together a cast of 30, including 20 children, to stage the classic tale of good triumphing over evil.

Many of the cast members have found a real niche for pantomimes, some appearing recently in The Fall and Rise of Mr Scrooge as well as last January's Trouble in Nursery Rhyme Land.

But for many actors, rehearsing at home was easy - four families are involved in the production.

Siblings Callum, Ebony and Paris Hamacek help bring the fairytale to life, playing major roles in the production.

Bodhi, Tania and Virgo Nash also bring a wealth of family talent to the show, Tania again finessing the brilliant acting skills she displayed as "Wall" in A Midsummer Night's Dream, to play the Mirror in Snow White.

Noosa local Johanna Wallace plays Shifty, alongside her gorgeous daughter Chinta, taking on the role of a flower.

Finally, mother and daughter Casey and Leanne Gerhardt also share their love for acting in this production.

The cast has been working hard and is ready for opening night on January 4.

"Everyone can't wait, even our youngest cast member, aged seven, is putting in 100% commitment," Susan said.

"Pantos just give everyone freedom to interact with the audience and each other and just have a lot of fun doing it," she said.

"Pantos are not just for children but for adults as well. We have put in a lot of jokes to keep the adults entertained.

"The children are learning so much working alongside adults like Lorraine Bates, Helen Ainsley and Johanna Wallace. …

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