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The Secret of Snow White at Wembley Community Centre

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The Secret of Snow White, Wembley Theatre Company, pantomime, performing arts, kids, family, children, tweens
Aimee Croston has the title role in Wembley Theatre Company's production of The Secret of Snow White.


Mirror, mirror on the wall – which theatre has a family pantomime with it all? The Secret of Snow White is being presented by the Wembley Theatre Company, providing a cavalcade of songs, visual comedy, slapstick and audience participation.

Written by Tony Nicholls and directed by Bryce Manning at the Wembley Community Centre, Snow White is still the fairest of them all and her wicked stepmother still uses a poisoned apple on her. But the seven dwarves are a little different with something not quite right about their height.

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Prince Diamond (Eloise Hunter, left) and Snow White (Aimee Croston) searching for true love.

"Our production of Snow White follows the traditional pantomime structYour text goes hereure very closely," Bryce said. "We take a familiar fairytale and embellish it with plenty of humour, songs, love, revenge, over-the-top acting and a wedding at the end. It's two hours of family fun that will appeal to every age group."

As a director, Bryce said producing good quality theatre could provide an infinite amount of challenges. "With pantomimes, especially the scripts we use from renowned playwright Tony Nicholls, I work hard on making sure the audience 'get it'," he said. "Tony's pantomimes are bursting with jokes and wit and my challenge is to make sure the audience doesn't miss any of them."

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Queen Nigella (Suzie Croston, left) and her magic mirror Spiegel (Bryce Manning – also the show's director) in The Secret of Snow White.


Involved in acting, directing and theatre teaching since 1984, Bryce trained as an actor at the University of Western Sydney before moving back to Perth to start his teaching career. He formed the Wembley Theatre Company in 1996 and has been producing, directing, writing and acting in the company's annual productions for the past 23 years.

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Rag (Caitlin Jackson, left) and Tag (Bianca Patchett) are out to get Snow White (Aimee Croston).

"Snow White sits comfortably among the top three pantomimes performed around the world, along with Aladdin and Cinderella," Manning said. "While pantomimes flourish in England, they are not so widely known in Australia.

"It has been the Wembley Theatre Company's passion to deliver this wonderful, uplifting, mad-capped form of theatre that audiences love for more than 20 years."

The Secret of Snow White, Wembley Theatre Company, pantomime, performing arts, kids, family, children, tweens
Snow White (Aimee Croston) with the dwarves Greg (Aimee Wills), Slow (Marisha Davies), Grotto (Maia MacGilp), Scratcho (Zoe Teasdale), at back, and Fatso (Ella Dunstan), Macho (Hannah Barber) and Geo (Jade Guilfoyle), at front.


Jade Guilfoyle plays Geo, leader of the dwarves. "He's a dwarf who is completely secure in his masculinity but doesn't like much change," she said. "The challenge for me is playing a male character and taking on those masculine traits."

Studying at the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy for the past six years, Jade also appeared in her high school's production of the musical Footloose in early 2019. "I auditioned for The Secret of Snow White because I saw it as an opportunity to further my acting skills," she said.

The Secret of Snow White, Wembley Theatre Company, pantomime, performing arts, kids, family, children, tweens
Snow White (Aimee Croston, left) is less than impressed with mother Gloria (Peter Niblett).


The Secret of Snow White plays at 7pm October 25, November 1 and 8 and 2pm October 26, 27, November 9 and 10. Tickets are $15, $10 concession – book at www.trybooking.com/BETSN. The Wembley Community Centre is at 40 Alexander Street, Wembley.

There are additional shows at Ferguson Hall in the Shire of Dardanup at 3pm, October 19, and Thornlie's Don Russell Performing Arts Centre at 1pm, November 3.


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Why? It’s a well-known story – but a pantomime turns it into a whole lot more fun with a bundle of jokes and audience interaction.
When: 3pm October 19 @Ferguson Hall; 7pm October 25, November 1 & 8 & 2pm October 26, 27, November 9 & 10 @Wembley Community Centre; 1pm November 3 @Don Russell Performing Arts Centre
Where: Wembley Community Centre, 40 Alexander Street, Wembley
Cost: $15, $10 concession
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