‘Snow White’ Panto time at An Grianan

‘Snow White’ Panto time at An Grianan
After their highly acclaimed performance of Sleeping Beauty the Letterkenny Pantomime Society make a welcome return to An Grianan with “Snow White” for a week long run beginning with a matinee performance on Saturday 18th January at 2.30pm. There will be matinee performances on Sunday 19thth at 5pm and another matinee on Saturday 25th at 2.30pm. The show will continue nightly at 8pm until Saturday 25th January.

After their highly acclaimed performance of Sleeping Beauty the Letterkenny Pantomime Society make a welcome return to An Grianan with “Snow White” for a week long run beginning with a matinee performance on Saturday 18th January at 2.30pm. There will be matinee performances on Sunday 19thth at 5pm and another matinee on Saturday 25th at 2.30pm. The show will continue nightly at 8pm until Saturday 25th January.

The pantomime society has taken into consideration the difficult economic situation and have a great deal on all tickets. Tickets for all the matinee performances are priced at a very attractive €8 each, with a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children priced at only €25. Tickets for the evening performances are €15 each or 2 for €25 and all tickets for the Monday night performance are priced at a very reasonable €12.50 each or and even more attractive 2 for €20.

Based on the original Grimm brothers fairy tale, Snow White is one of the best loved fairy tales of all time and it tells the story of the evil Queen Absessica who has ascended to the throne after the King’s death. Absessica is consumed with rage and jealousy when the magic mirror inform her that Snow White is more beautiful than she is and so she determines to have Snow White killed, but, Snow White has many friends and finds seven very special friends who live in a little cottage deep in the woods. So with their help and the bravery of the dashing Prince Frederick, Snow White is saved and the evil Absessica is banished from the kingdom. With a very talented cast and a fun filled script, great songs and equally great dancing choreographed by the highly acclaimed and talented Kelda Guzman, Snow White will provide a magical couple of hours of family entertainment at it’s very best.

Snow White will be played by Sarah Terry Sweeney who is making a welcome return to the panto stage in Letterkenny. Sarah has played many lead roles with the panto society over the years. Sarah has a wonderful stage presence, a beautiful singing voice and a wealth of experience and talent. Playing alongside Sarah will be Joe Whoriskey who makes his panto debut in the role of Prince Frederick. Male leads are always hard to find, but, in Mr. Whoriskey’s case the pantomime cast have found another really “good un”.

The very talented Mary Devlin has been cast as the evil Queen Absessica and Mary gives a powerful and potent performance in this most demanding role. Absessica is aided and abetted by her cunning and conniving advisor, Darkie, and Paddy Gallagher who has played many leading roles with the pantomime society over the years, is on top form in this nasty role

Tommy Sweeney will wear the dame’s costume once again, and what a dame he is. Tommy’s vast knowledge and experience of all things theatrical and especially comical is vast. Tommy as he always does, plays the dame to perfection. Puddles is the dame’s son and Luke Browne who made his panto debut in last years show, as a member of the chorus, has the difficult job of keeping the dame in check. Luke has been revelling in this task and he is really looking forward to the challenge.

Rosemarie Gildea and Colly O’Donnell have been paired together to play Enda and Kenny who have been ordered by the Queen to get rid of Snow White. Although Rosemarie is another panto debutant, she has a wealth of knowledge of the stage as she has played many roles with the L.M.D.G. Colly O’Donnell who has also played some great roles with the panto in previous productions plays Kenny, and he and Rosemarie have worked their socks off in rehearsals. Audiences can expect a polished performance from this duo.

Eva Whoriskey is also making her debut and she has been cast in the role of Fairy Braveheart, and once again the panto society have unearthed another “gem” because Eva has an abundance of talent. Her stage presence is enchanting and stunning. Holly Higgins is another pantomime debutant and she has been given the role of professor Silverwings which she plays to perfection. Silverwings and Braveheart have the wonderful job of looking after the little fairies and elves who are always a highlight of every pantomime. Kelda Kelly has done a magnificent job in preparing the children’s scenes once again.

The dwarfs are played by John Wilkie, Sean Bradley, Thomas Keys, Amy Gallagher, Emma Bowe, Bob Bond and Claire Gildea and these magnificent seven do a wonderful job.

A strong chorus is an absolute necessity in any good pantomime, and, this show has an all dancing, high kicking, high energy and all singing chorus who will enthral and delight audiences of all ages.

Snow White has all the ingredients for a really good pantomime and is directed by Patrick Doherty. Choreography is by Kelda Kelly who did a stunning job in last year’s production. Paul Ward is the musical director assisted by Kelda Kelly. Sets are by Paddy O’Connor, lighting and sound by Martin McDonald and Michael Kielty.

Una McGlynn and Frances Walsh will be applying all the necessary make up and the back stage team, led by Paddy O’Connor are, Tony Murray, Tommy Daly, Tommy Kerr, and Eoghan MacGiolla Bhrighide. Front of house is taken care of by Mary Muray, Vera Owens and Tony Murray.

The pantomime society is delighted to welcome Kilmacrennan N.S. as hosts for the Saturday night performance, Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital as hosts for the Tuesday night performance, Errigal College will host the Wednesday night performance, Thursday night will be hosted by Glenswilly N.S. and Bonagee Utd. F.C. will host the show on Friday night.

We recommend all these worthy causes to your generosity, and, hope that you will give them you support. The pantomime continue to support Donegal Hospice and are hoping that your attendance at this year’s pantomime will enable us to make another substantial contribution to this most worthy of causes

Bookings for Snow White can be made at the box office at An Grianan or by telephoning 074 9120777. Tickets can also be booked online at angrianan.com We look forward to seeing you all at the show and early booking is advised…. Oh yes it is.