MELKSHAM Music and Drama (MMAD) returned to the stage last month with rave reviews for their pantomime, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves – their first in over two years.
A spokesperson for MMAD said, “Cast members have been overwhelmed with the support from the audiences that filled the hall on every performance.”
At the performance on 18th February, Dee Way, a representative from the Southwest Region of the National Operatic and Drama Association (NODA) came to review the show. Dee said, “It is rare to ache with laughter at the present time.
“The energy was high, and the cast were obviously very much enjoying what they were doing…and the teamwork of the cast was visible to all.”
The two directors/producers, Ali Turrell and Katie Mence would like to thank the cast for their time and commitment to make their vision into an amazing show. Although Katie has been performing and taking a lead in the choreography for 18 years this was her first time directing.
She said, “My favourite part of directing was choosing the songs and editing the tracks to fit my vision for the dances. It has been my pleasure to help bring this story to life with my co-director/producer, Katie.”
Over the two weekends of panto, audiences were invited to take up the challenge of guessing how many gold (chocolate) coins were in a treasure chest. Oscar Clunie, aged 8 ½, guessed the closest. Oscar is now the proud owner of a treasure chest full of chocolate coins and the cash prize of £50. Oscar says that he is going to share his prize chocolate and money with his younger brother Oliver, aged 6.
Picture: Prize winner Oscar Clunie.