Proposals are requested for productions for Spring and Autumn 2017, Panto 2018 and beyond.
We have a proposal for a one-off concert/cabaret evening for Spring, and for a full show running in the autumn slot – if you have an idea for something in either slot, or for further ahead, please let us know by Monday December 12th.
The Riverside Players proudly presents… Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs written, produced and directed by Lawrence Watling
After the sudden disappearance of its triumphant King, things are looking
pretty dire for both the village of Eynsford and its lovely princess, Snow White.
Now under the rule of the wicked Queen Voldecourt – oh sorry – you know who – Snow White, her best friend Muddles, and the villagers live in constant fear of their evil ruler.
Overcome with an obsessive desire to be the fairest in the land, the Queen is horrified to learn that Snow White has taken her title. In a bid to claim it back, she plans to kill her Stepdaughter…but help is always given to those in Eynsford who ask for it.
A note from the writer/director…
It’s that time of year again…oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is! Of course I am referring to the upcoming pantomime. Following from last year’s success (Jack and the Beanstalk), I decided to take on a new challenge, one about a girl just trying to eat one of her five a day and it all goes terribly wrong. Yes, our next panto is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The aim is to merge both traditional and modern elements, to bring this loveable fairy tale to life. We want to deliver you an evening of laughs, magic, songs and dances, for a truly unforgettable experience for all the family. So, get those voices prepped and ready to cheer on our goodies, and boo those baddies – oh and avoid apples at all costs!
An open letter from the director
Some of you may have been wondering what’s happening since the auditions were cancelled last week. Thank you for your patience whilst some arrangements were being finalised, I can now confirm the following:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, My Fair Lady has been postponed until 2018. We have confirmed the slot at the venue and the production crew are working hard towards creating an even more spectacular show.
I thank you now and in advance for all the help and support we’ve received so far and will receive in the future. Please do get in touch with Dale (Producer) or I should you wish to get involved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Very best wishes and here’s to a loverly 2018 summer show
Kirstie McMillan (Director)
Read Through – 14th September 8pm Darenth Room, Eynsford Village Hall
Auditions – 18th September 5pm Eynsford Village Hall
We all know the story of Snow White, a beautiful, kindhearted girl, who tries to eat one of her ‘five a day’ and it all goes terribly wrong!
Just like with Jack and The Beanstalk, I’ve added a few twists and turns (and of course, shameless references to film in the form of Harry Potter), whilst still keeping the traditional elements of this story.
The land has been over run by the evil Queen Voldecourt, who uses her dark magic to take control of the kingdom. She prizes herself on being both powerful and the fairest in the land. Prince Sirius, the over confident and self-loving hero, arrives seeking the most beautiful girl in the land. Fortunately for Prince Sirius, upon her eighteen birthday, the Queen’s stepdaughter, Snow White, takes her ‘fair’ title. And of course, the Queen is not happy. The people of the land adore Snow White and she loves them back – it’s a very ‘mushy’ relationship we come to expect in panto land.
Snow White’s best friend, Muddles, who is also the Royal Huntsman to the Queen, should be well loved by the audience, as he gives them plenty of opportunity to interact.
There also is Ronnie and Reggie, the Queen’s evil Henchman; well they aren’t that evil really, I think silly Henchman is a better way of putting it.
The Magic Mirror is forever telling the Queen who is ‘the fairest in the land’ and of course, we have a certain set of characters that you will only ever meet in this pantomime! And by that I mean the seven companions who befriend Snow White.
Due to Disney claiming ownership over the names of the dwarfs I was given two options. Follow the stereotypical Disney mould and just change their names slightly, i.e. Happy becomes Smiler, which I’ve seen before and not really enjoyed…OR, create seven brand new, more modern characters to fit in to a very traditional story!
So with this in mind, I’ve reimagined the ‘old man’ dwarfs completely. May I present to you, Dude, Punchline, Mimi, Brainy, Rocky, Blusher and Chatterbox!
Along with some wonderful songs and dances, I’m intending on having a ‘wizard duel’ in it too, in true Harry Potter style.
I believe a pantomime should be traditional, with modern elements interwoven into the plot and filled with strong, lovable characters. In my opinion, characters make the plot and not the other way around!
Of course, as it’s a family-friendly panto, I also think there should be as little ‘smut’ as possible. Like Jack, I want to create an adventure. I have no doubt that it will be tricky, but with a very strong production team and (hopefully) a brilliant cast, I really believe we can make this a Riverside pantomime to remember.
Female 18- 28
|Beautiful and kind – the typical principal girl – she loves
the world and everyone in it and they, in return, love her. She is the kingdom’s sweetheart and sees the good in everyone.
|Snow White and Muddles
Snow White and Old HagSnow White and Prince Sirius
|Accidently in Love|
|I decided that this character should be a bit of a mockery of the classic ‘Prince Charming’ stereotype. He is the handsome prince and that’s exactly what he thinks of himself. Sirius acts a bit like an over exaggerated superhero and is the face of every popular product, and don’t we know it. He’s got all the ‘cheesy’ one- liners and will be a fun and lively part. As expected, in the end he does come to his senses and saves our princess, Snow White.||Snow White and Prince Sirius||Accidently in Love|
|The evil Queen and Snow White’s stepmother. She is horrible to everyone in the Kingdom. She has the power and much to the land’s dismay, is also a very powerful witch. Incredibly vain and proud of her title as ‘fairest in the land’ and will do everything in her power to keep it that way.
*If you are audition for the QUEEN please also audition for the OLD HAG as this part may be played by the same actress.
|Queen Voldecourt and Magic Mirror||Killer Queen|
|Snow White’s best friend and the Royal Huntsman. Full of jokes and audience interaction – I would label him more as a Buttons than a Silly Billy type character. The audience should love him, sympathise with him and cheer him on.||Snow White and Muddles||Wake up Boo|
|Ronnie and Reggie
|The silly double act. They are the Queen’s Henchman. Dim, but nice. Ronnie tries to take charge of the duo, but really they are as silly as each other. Needs great comic timing between the pair of them.||Ronnie Reggie Muddles Magic Mirror|
|The Old Hag is the wicked queen in disguise, who gives Snow White the poisoned apple (major plot spoiler!) Think old crone/stereotypical witch!
This character may be played by the same actress, playing ‘Queen Volecourt’ but it could also just as easily be played by another talented actress!
|Snow White and Old Hag||Wake up Boo|
|At last it is time for the mirror to shine
But only if you speak in panto rhyme
A mystical character, which we know little about
But it’s a great part, so have no doubt
Mirror Mirror on the wall
Who is the fairest of them all?
|Queen Voldecourt and Magic Mirror||Wake up Boo|
Any Age (all)
|is dressed in BLUE and wears his baseball cap backwards. He is the ‘Cool’ one and considered to be the self-proclaimed ‘leader’ of the dwarves.||Dwarfs
|Wake up Boo (all)|
|Brainy||Is dressed in RED and has big thick, geeky glasses. He is the ‘smart’ one and often baffles the others with his analytical and intellectual address.|
|Mimi||Is dressed in YELLOW and she is the ‘fashionable’ one. Shopping is tots hashtag amaze.|
|Punchline||Is dressed in GREEN and he is considered to be the ‘funny’ one. Lots of gags and interaction with the audience.|
|Rocky||Is dressed in PURPLE. She is considered to be the ‘Rock chick’. She needs mad and funky hair.|
|Blusher||is dressed in PINK. He has a nervous stutter and gets embarrassed quite easily.|
|Chatterbox||is dressed in BROWN. He is very mysterious. He has an eye patch over one eye. He doesn’t say anything…|
|How could we possibly do this show without a strong chorus? Sing, dance smile and be merry! The chorus is the foundation of any pantomime!
If you are just reading for Chorus please recite the nursery rhyme ‘Humpty Dumpty’ in an imaginative way. If you are already auditioning for a Principal role, you will automatically be considered for Chorus (unless you state otherwise) and therefore there will be no need to do a separate audition for it.
|Humpty Dumpty||Wake up Boo|