Backstage’s ‘Bo Peep’ offering ticks all the right boxes

Backstage Youth Theatre (BYT) recently staged their third Pantomime, entitled “Bo Peep” and for those watching on, this one has been nothing short of a resounding success. Nothing quite compares to the luxury we have in Longford of having such a fine production in such an eminent venue each year. Following their success from “Alex In Wonderland” and “The Wizard of Longford,” BYT have staged an hilarious show brimming with singing, dancing and good old-fashioned family fun. The show focused around the occupants of Nursery Rhyme land and the ordeal they encounter when Jack and Jill hatch a cunning plan to kidnap Bo Peep’s amazing flock of sheep.

Backstage Youth Theatre (BYT) recently staged their third Pantomime, entitled “Bo Peep” and for those watching on, this one has been nothing short of a resounding success. Nothing quite compares to the luxury we have in Longford of having such a fine production in such an eminent venue each year. Following their success from “Alex In Wonderland” and “The Wizard of Longford,” BYT have staged an hilarious show brimming with singing, dancing and good old-fashioned family fun. The show focused around the occupants of Nursery Rhyme land and the ordeal they encounter when Jack and Jill hatch a cunning plan to kidnap Bo Peep’s amazing flock of sheep.

I felt the script this year was particularly excellent and physical movement was executed very well throughout and the “Community Games” scene certainly springs to mind. nts

As always, a fine cast of budding young actors was at the helm this year- a very young cast this year in which each and every one of them played their parts convincingly and appropriately.

All chorus members on stage really conveyed a sense of energy and dynamic which brought a real sense of life to the show. This year, we also had the honour of being grazed by a flock of Amazing Sheep, who sang and danced all night to their heart’s content. Choreography for chorus and sheep was very impressive too.

Things offstage ran very smoothly and efficiently with swift scene changes and lighting and sound used nicely. This year, the production side of things was second to none, most notably being the array of colourful costumes and the creative and inventive use of make-up.

The show this year followed on from previous productions in many ways. But in many ways, this year, things stepped up and the change of style from previous years in terms of direction and script was particularly commendable. Certainly, there was a definite emphasis on physicality and improvisation as opposed to other years. For this reason, BYT have really raised the standard of their annual production, a trait which will no doubt be present in all their future work from here on out.

As “Panto Fever” now draws to a close, many no doubt will look back on “Bo Peep” as a triumph for local and youth theatre; a truly remarkable production which brought a smile to the face of Longford. In this critic’s opinion: a simply exceptional pantomime staged by the crème de la crème of local talent.