En­ter­tain­ers have set sail for Mrs Cru­soe’s Is­land

Loughborough Echo - - LEISURE -

THE Quorn Phoenix En­ter­tain­ers re­cently per­formed their panto Mrs Cru­soe’s Is­land; an adap­tion of the Robin­son Cru­soe Story at Quorn Vil­lage Hall.

Mrs Cru­soe (Sharon Lodge) in­her­its the Is­land of Ellawi so she sets about get­ting a ship and crew to take them to the is­land. Mrs Cru­soe and her friends have to crew the ship un­der the guid­ance of Cap­tain Eye­patch (John Spencer) and Bo­sun Smee (El­liot Win­ning).

How­ever, their good for­tune soon be­comes the knowl­edge of Cap­tain Bella (Sue Booles), the Cap­tain of a pi­rate ship and fol­lows them to their des­ti­na­tion. Mrs Cru­soe’s ship be­comes ship­wrecked and they all swim to safety, but the crew of the pi­rate ship fol­low them.

Luck­ily they find them­selves on the Is­land of Ellawi. They dis­cover Robin­son Cru­soe (Karl Allen) and Mrs Fri­day (Pauline Parker) on the is­land but af­ter much far­ci­cal fun they all live happy ever af­ter. There were sev­eral songs for au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion and you can’t have a panto without lots of ‘He’s be­hind you’.

This was an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance by all and ex­cel­lent cos­tumes. It would be a diffi- cult de­ci­sion if Ian Stringer had asked me for my ‘man or women of the match’ for all per­formed well and there was a good, mov­ing sto­ry­line. I had good front seats so didn’t have a prob­lem hear­ing, but one or two fur­ther back or with hear­ing aids said the sound sys­tem wasn’t very ef­fec­tive.

None­the­less I’m sure we all look for­ward to their per­for­mance next year which is likely to be a mu­si­cal ex­trav­a­ganza. Money raised from the raffles at each per­for­mance went to The Marchant Trust and The Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety.

By Tony Coates

Mem­bers of the Quorn Phoenix En­ter­tain­ers cast are pic­tured dur­ing one of the scenes of Mrs Cru­soe’s Is­land.

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