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January 26 2020, Cinderella Trophy Reviews

Just when you thought every shop in Crewkerne was full of antiques, a different business has now opened up in town – Widow Twankey’s Laundry service! She may well be a valuable relic so lets find out what she, together with the CUDOS team, had on offer at the Market Square this season.

Aladdin was the chosen pantomime. Directed by Chantelle Souttar and Richard Walters this show was a sound interpretation of the script. Written by Ben Crocker it included all the ingredients we expect from a traditional panto and a nice selection of musical numbers. In fact, I believe this to be one of Ben’s better pantomimes.

This production moved along at a steady pace and never once did it falter.

What a strong troupe of principals, Dancers and Company you have! Each character played their part with assurance but what really shone through for me was vocal projection by all members.

Katy Lyons’ Aladdin and Lisa-Marie House’s Princess Jasmine were suitably cast. They work well together and had beautiful singing voices. I only want to be with you was one of the highlights for me.

I have always been used to seeing the talented Ray Norris in a dress but a change of costume and character this season certainly paid off. What a belting Abanazer you were, having outstanding stage presence with an excellent vocal attack. I would be scared stiff to join you for a pint at Yeovil’s Wetherspoons! An excellent commanding performance.

Robert Judge’s Widow Twankey was a very likeable character. I would hazard a guess that this is your first time playing a Dame. On occasions you were a tad rigid and it sounded as if you were merely reading the script. A lilt to the voice and a few more facial expressions and pauses daring us to laugh would have enhanced your character. The tumble dryer sequence was a little naughty but hilarious. This is where you really shone through and the audience loved you for it. You had a number of costume changes but you definitely needed a hoop to carry them off well Mrs T.

Ollie Dodson’s Wishee Washee gave a very enthusiastic and energetic performance. You were audible and your facial and bodily gestures always drew our attention. It was a pity that your costume did not do you justice. I felt your bottom half resembled a clown and I have never been a fan of T shirts! Nonetheless your personality shone through and you gave a sound performance.

There was much to savour in this show. I loved all the antics of Nobby the Panda. The laundry scene worked well and did not labour although ‘Shrunken Nobby’ definitely needed face paint on her entrance. How nostalgic to have a box of OMO. I don’t think I’ve seen a packet for over 30 years!

The UV flying carpet was most memorable. Perhaps a slightly larger display of landmarks to take away the blandness of the stage may have enhanced this scene.

I would like to have seen a little more imagination by your make-up team, many characters looked pale under the lighting. An oriental appearance would have enhanced the chorus members.

This was without doubt a very good all round traditional pantomime that I certainly enjoyed. The audience absolutely had a whale of a time – and a standing ovation too. You can’t get much better than that!

Thank you for your invitation

Nigel Ford

  • Dave Brolly

Chairman’s Chat

Happy New Year to all of you and I hope you had a fantastic Christmas. We are now deep into panto rehearsals with only a few left before show week. Ticket sales have been fantastic so make sure you don't miss out,the cast and production crew have been working very hard. Thank you to all who donated into the Christmas tin,we raised £81.50 for the Myotonic Dystrophy Support Group in memory of Miles Browning. Don't forget to keep looking out for future events and shows to get involved in, your society needs you. Hope to see many of you at panto. Kerry.xx


A great time was had at the dinner dance in November, yummy food excellent band and the hall decorated in 1980s ‘Prom’ style to create a good ambience .The draw raised £125, again for the Myotopic Dystrophy Support Group. Thank you Rob and your team for all your hard work.


Another successful sellout concert, a lovely start to Christmas and always enjoyed by the audiences, making a good profit. Thank you John and Lucy Perry for your Directing and Musical Direction.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL/CAROL SINGING Thank you to all who participated in the carol singing at the Lighting Up Ceremony and to all involved in decorating the CUDOS Christmas Tree in St Barts. Congratulations to ‘Odd Readers’ (all CUDOS members) who won Best Tree.

PANTOMIME - ALADDIN 22 - 25th January

Directors Richard Walters & Chantelle Souttar

MD Lucy Singleton

Choreography Sarah Elliott

We are almost there...oh yes we are… only two weeks to go. Rehearsals are going really well and tickets are selling fast. Matinee is sold out but there are still a few tickets available for other performances.

Tickets available from or Wendy on 01460 74380. Any problems email us on


We are delighted to receive four nominations. Congratulations to all, no mean feat.

Best Costumes

Under 16years Daisy Dexter (Brigitta)

17 - 21 years Jess Payne (Maria)

Best Cameo Ellie Driver (Elsa)

The Awards evening is on 7th March at Taunton Cricket Club. Wendy is to organise the CUDOS ticket application, details will be on the Sound of Music facebook page as soon as we receive them. If you would like to attend please let her know asap to enable us to hopefully get the number of tickets we would like.


Director Ann Brolly

Read through 30th January

Auditions 3rd February

1st Rehearsal 24th February


George Flint is to direct ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ with Matt Holmes as Musical Director and Lisa Gage as Choreographer. Workshop/audition dates etc will be posted soon.


Voting forms for your new Committee and further information will be sent out after the Panto.

Miles left some money to buy his CUDOS friends a drink so we will raise a glass to Miles at the end of business at the AGM.


Chris Wall and Neus Luna on the safe arrival of a son, Bjorn on 1st November, and also to the newly engaged couples:

Ollie Dodman and Lisa Marie House

Tom Lowe and Danni Donovan

Kimberley Wilkins and Ashley Smith




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