Hamilton Gardens, Medici Court, Hamilton

16/02/2013 - 23/02/2013

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival 2013

Production Details

This is a short, one act play for children.  

Set in the Waikato we meet Snow White in an environment far away from her forest friends. In this new adventure, she meets three pirates, Captain Cecil, Blind Pew and Jolly Roger.

This captivating play has all the un- pc elements of a traditional fairy tale. This is a humorous story, with optional audience participation and lots of fun.

Stories and More began some years ago when Cecilia, who has a background as a performer, director and drama tutor spanning the past 35 years, was asked to work as a storyteller at private and public events for children.

Cecilia’s passion for theatre, in particular children’s theatre lead her to develop the goal; To make live theatre accessible to children and young people, to watch and to participate in, both on and off stage and back stage.

This lead to Stories and more extending its company to enable performance pieces.

Snow White and the Pirates is our inaugural play with this company.

Mirroring our goal, five of our cast are school age people. The other four adults are part of our local acting community.

Written by Owen Mooney, and adapted for these performances. Owen shares the same passion and experience in theatre as Cecilia.

Saturdays, 16 & 23 February 2013 @ 10:00am & 2:00pm
Medici Court (if wet: Piazza)
Adults 16+ Gold Coin/Koha | Children 15 and under FREE
60 mins 

Saturdays only

Fun family entertainment

Review by Gail Pittaway 21st Feb 2013

In the spirit of the Hamilton Gardens Festival, this show has no charge (just a gold coin donation is invited) and no programme, but the effort and preparation have been huge so “Well done!” to the entire nameless cast.

It is a classic family show full of jokes for people of all ages and while it milks the cross-story, cross-gender staples of panto style, it has a fresh script and a few witty jabs at contemporary Waikato life.

This show starts quietly, almost too quietly, as a group of very old children sit around discussing what they are reading:  some predictable titles are mentioned including Peter Pan, but it’s the chap reading New Scientist who gets the laughs.

The mood soon changes when they pick out dress ups from a large red box and each walk off with an item that will be the basis of their new character and costume when they return to the stage. But the real fun begins when a pair of genuine female twins jumps out of the red box to perform simple magic and juggling tricks, and lead us into this story, because, as they reveal, they are the servants of Mrs White from Tamahere (a suburb of lifestyle blocks just out of Hamilton) who just happens to be Snow White’s step mother.

Enter pantomime Dame in frowsy drag with Osti frock, hand bag, high heels and purple wig, to begin her persecution of sweet little Snow White, watched by the Mirror and the twin servants. Of course Mirror, who is cleverly silvered in make-up and costume, cannot lie, and the Step Mother, Mrs White makes her appalling decree for her servants to do away with Snow White by taking her out in the late Mr White’s boat and drowning her at sea, in order to do away with her competition in good looks. 

Meanwhile some pirates have made their way up the Waikato River but need to head back to the ocean, and hope to drop in at Raglan for a decent latte or two. Led by a dashing cross-dressed pirate captain in tight thigh boots, purple tabard and slashing sword, the motley crew of two sings and shouts, getting the audience to join in on ‘What shall we do with a drunken sailor’.

So the two stories join up in a lot of noise and fun, especially when the servant twins make boat noises, and the two boats meet at sea. Apart from some problems with late audience arrivals, and a slightly slow pace at first, this show is perfect family entertainment, even for those like me who had to borrow a young family for cover. 


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