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December 2014

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 Pevreal.

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).