Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – Pocahontas Players
Saturday 25th June 2016 – 7.30pm performance
Entering the familiar venue was a new experience for this performance, as a raked seating system had been installed and to be honest it really did make the village hall feel like a ‘real’ theatre. I was lucky enough to get a seat on the new layout which gave me an excellent view of the stage for this sell out show. And oh what a show it was. I would easily say the best production I have seen by the PP team from start to finish.
Heacham are very lucky to have a talented bunch of Thespians who regularly produce entertaining events and this show was one of their better offerings. The cast worked really well on stage and it was very obvious that they were all having a great time playing their characters, with some stand out moments too. Casting Elaine Verweymeren in the leading role was a great choice, although I may be a little bias as I have performed with her on many occasions. She truly is an accomplished actor, singer and all round performer, which showed from the moment she entered the stage.
But let’s not forget her counterpart in this show, the awesome Tony Bishopp who portrayed the oldest of the brothers with great authority (I just loved his American accent).
All of the brothers were fantastic too, with great choreographed dance routines and songs. Joshy’s ‘Hello I’m Daniel’ line had me in stitches and their brides were tremendous in their roles too – I think it’s the first show I’ve seen so many ladies dancing and singing in their underwear (I didn’t know where to look – haha)
The townsfolk kept the story running nicely too with convincing characterisations and all in all the team worked like a very well oiled and polished machine.
Great costumes, great set, great lighting and great direction (how many more greats can I use?) Oh yes, great stage crew and great front of house team . . .
A thoroughly entertaining night at the theatre – well done to all the PP’s you have definitely raised the bar with this show.
John Giller, JG DATA