The Chameleons are affiliated to NODA (the National Operatic and Dramatic Association) and this is their representatives independent Critique.
Jack and The Beanstalk
Date : 19th January 2002
Venue: Brent Town Hall
Report by: Harvey Kesselman
an excited audience of children accompanied by parents, grandparents and perhaps
other relations, we entered a crowded foyer buzzing with activity and
expectation. A full house awaited the opening of this, the latest offering by
The Chameleons. We were not disappointed. From the very beginning we were given
the gist of what was to come. The first two characters, Pick and Shovel (Craig
Marshall and Simon Crowley), in a knock-a-bout routine, were very
funny, and their scenes with their 'henchmen', Geoffrey Coad and
Stuart La Plain, together with Crash, Bang and Wallop, Smash and Grab, Arlette
Kamellard, Johana Foley, Les Elliot, Jeremy Spolander, and Ginge Anderson,
the later doubling up as the Wizard, were greeted with delight by the audience.
The 'evil' Squire Travis, Stephen Smailes, was booed (quite rightly) on every entrance and he certainly made the most of his role. Louise Ashman as Jack was just right, she looked good, sang and acted the part very well, and her scenes with Jill, Hannah Bain, worked well, I would have liked Hannah to have been a little more positive with her dialogue, there was a tendency to upstage herself, but i did enjoy her performance. What can I say about Stuart Everett? As the Dame, he was truly wonderful, going over the top, getting the audience to join in, a most memorable performance. Dear Daisy the Cow: Gemma Holloway (front) and Madeleine Spolander (back), most probably were very hot in that costume, but managed their dance routine with aplomb.