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Pirates of the Panto
By Jon Moreno - Friday January 23rd, 2015
(reproduced by kind permission of
the Isle of Wight County Press)
THERE was plenty of swashbuckling silliness as Cowes
Amateur Dramatic' and
Operatic Society entertained
families by the barrel load with
Pirates of the Panto.
The six shows, which attracted large
audiences to Trinity Theatre, including a few sell-outs, was a rib-tickling
take on the blockbuster movie fran
chise, Pirates of the Caribbean.
The tale featured the anchor role of
Zac Sparrow, played by eorgie
McCarthy, who steals a treasure map
from villainous pirate Sponge bag
Roundpants (Becky Giakoumelos).
After a long battle to try to outwit
each other, ownership of the map
came down to a duel by disco, rather
than cutlass, on a disco dancing island. Judged by the island's queen
(Dinah Bowman), Spongebag, the
dance-off loser, was punished with an
indefinite stay on the island, destined
to disco dance forever.
During the story, Zac falls in love
with Molly Flinders, played by Soph
The wacky cast of 25 characters featured the likes of Zac's mum, Stella
Sparrow (Wayne Child), the panto
dame, and doubles acts Poop and Deck (Bob French and Pat Suttmann)
and Skull and Bones (Janet Coate
and Amanda Robertson).
As ever, plenty of audience participation was encouraged and the cast
was well supported by the chorus.
Notable performances from the
large contingent of youngsters included Cameron Hook as the harbourmaster, Matthew Manning (Mini Don Revota) and Jach Farley (Boson Rollicks).