Beautiful and Heartfelt: The Scarecrows’ Wedding at Sherman Theatre.

Today
was a marvellous day in the world of family theatre, with the much
loved book, The Scarecrows’ Wedding, coming to life on the stage at
Sherman Theatre. We haven’t been To Sherman as a family before, so it
felt very special indeed. The place was buzzing with little kids and
it had such a great vibe, so much energy and excitement all at once!

The
theatre at Sherman is one of the best, the tiered
seating ensures you have a great view no matter where you are sat.
The stage is great and the whole place just feels alive with the
essence of theatre…
The
stage was set, full of props and delightfully bright and vintage
looking items, from old radios to suitcase, it looked warm and
welcoming.
The
show began with the three actors welcoming the audience and
encouraging us to clap our hands and foot-tap along to their song! I
was immediately hooked, as were George and Molly! The characters
consists of three wonderfully
talented folk; Betty O’ Barley, Harry O’Hay and the Farmer (who
plays lots of other creatures too!).
The
story follow Betty and Harry as they plan the wedding ‘that no one
will ever forget!’. They
go
off to collect
all the important things on their wedding list, then
Harry suggests Betty has a nap whilst he finds the flowers. When he
doesn’t return, the farmer replaces Harry with Reginald Rake. When
Reginald Rake shows off, Betty
is left in a dangerous situation. Will Harry make it back in time to
save her?
I
will admit I wondered at first how they’d keep the attention of all
the children in the theatre, but oh my, I needn’t have worried. From
their voices to their acting they had everyone hooked!
When
it comes to talent, the three actors had it in abundance. From
singing and dancing, to playing a vast array of instruments, the
performance was out of this world. The magic created on stage,
combining songs with the original book and story, felt so
heart-warming and unique.
We
all loved the farmer and his interpretation of each character he
played. The clever set and props allowed him to delve into our minds,
as socks became birds and chairs became cars, we were able to build
around these visuals and add all the layers with our imaginations. He
was hilarious too, from his French accent to his hippie snail, he
gave each character their own personality and I couldn’t stop
laughing.
Harry
O’Hay stood out from the beginning, with an awesome voice and ability
to play a guitar, ukulele, banjo and more. He was super cute on the
stage and I loved his energy and interaction with the rest of the
cast.
Betty
O’Barley also surprised us with her ability to perform with an
accordion and clarinet, and as for her voice, wow! Her voice blew my
mind and I had goosebumps as she sang, it resonated across the
theatre and it was a great moment when the audience applauded her
talents!
George
and Molly couldn’t believe how much they looked like the characters
in the book. They also loved all the musical elements as we danced in
our seats and chanted along to the parts we remembered from the book.

It
was emotional and beautifully arranged upon the Sherman stage, and
the chemistry and rapport between the three performers was amazing. I
didn’t want the show to ever end and I think it’s possibly the best
family show I’ve ever seen. Even Nanny Kim welled up as the show came
to an end.
It
was such an outstanding performance, one that will live in my heart
forever.
Disclosure:
I received tickets in exchange for review. All opinions are 100%
honest and my own.
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