An excellent second performance (Friday 7pm) – and I was delighted to be able to tell the Company today that we have been invited back to the theatre and will be producing CINDERELLA in December 2008 !

25/1/08

Took a call from the Deputy Mayor’s office (she came to see the show last night). She thoroughly enjoyed it and wanted to congratulate us on the whole show!

24/1/08

Rehearsals and dress rehearsals over – and all went without too many hitches. We had some slow scene changes, some missing scenery and props, some missed lines, some badly done songs, but we got there! After a pretty good final dress rehearsal, we opened today!

A great audience for our first night (about 120) thoroughly enjoyed the panto! It went really well, and I am very pleased indeed. A wonderful company, a wonderful show!

The first half ran 50 minutes, the second was 60. A good length, not too long and not too short.

The whole company have worked really hard to get the show to the standard it is and everyone is fantastic.

Get-in Day

The day started at 0830 our house, loading the van and cars.

A long tiring day – but what a lot achieved! Many hands indeed do make light work, and thanks to the efforts of all who were there we got through most (but not all) of what we needed to. Thanks to (FX) Robin, (Lighting) Andrew, (Sound) Martin, Colin & Barry, (FOH) Angie & Grinda, (Stage crew) Andrew, Ray, Mike, Nigel & Dave, and (Company members) Tamsin, Mandy, Sarah, Zoe, Grace, Kaytie & Joanna and (also) Katie & Gill. Denis (theatre) was an immense help too.

The day finished around 2100.

20/1/08 07:00

Get-in day today. It’s going to be a long tiring day – however, we have nearly the whole company coming along to help, and this is a real case of many hands making light work…. It’s also Andrew Willis’ birthday today – what a great way to spend your birthday, lugging stuff around, hanging cloths, sorting songsheets, etc!!!! Hey ho!

However, this is the start of our week in the Eric Morecambe Theatre, Harpenden Public Halls – and I for one am really looking forward to it!!

13/1/08

Our last rehearsal before we get into the theatre – and it went really well. We ploughed through everything the children and middle chorus do in the whole show, and ran Act I with the principals. All went well, and we got the chance to redo a few things based on ‘popular opinion’ as to what the company wanted to practise!

Tina went through costume notes with everybody, Gill finished Freya’s silver finale dress (and it looks great!), and Andrew Garnett quietly plotted away (lighting, that is! – not some evil scheme…..!).

The show is a bit slow in parts (the £3 scene Dave & Andrew!!), but I know we will pick the pace up when we get into the theatre. It’s looking really good, there are many ‘outstanding’ moments, which I know the audience will love!

Tina and I are really enjoying working with the whole company – and this promises to be a fantastic show!

The fairy hadn’t realised that her wand had gone missing….

Where's my wand?

6/1/08

A fantastic rehearsal today. Tina came along, and added a great deal – her comments and advice are welcome and valuable. We ran everything involving Children and Middle Chorus then ran Act II. Theo and Ray were there, so the Sultan’s Palace sequence went really well. Had to make some changes to the Children’s ballet to make it work better for the show, and had to change everone’s entrances for one number, but other than that, no problems.

I remain delighted with an excellent company! I just need more leaflets out there now! And more tickets sales!