EXPLORER SCOUTS PANTOMIME SUCCESS! The 15th of December 2007 saw the performance of “When You Wish Upon a Star”. This pantomime encompassed story lines from every pantomime imaginable, when Aladdin meets Cinderella in the tale of love and prophesies to become King and Queen, which is furiously fought by the evil King Knicklejam and Aladdin’s ‘girlfriend’ Jasmine. There was an assassin Robin Hood who is brought back onto the straight and narrow by the hero of the hour Dame Hotpants (Cinderella’s Stepmother). With amazing performances all round, including the very funny and very lady like ugly sisters, the comedy duo of Boris and Pete the Guard, accompanied by the tired and fed up Herald, the magic mirror’s mystical prophesy telling and Gertrude the witch being her regular old self. The show was a credit to them all, no matter how big or small the part, they all were stars. The show started way back in June 2007 when the idea arose for Cameron Devall and Cherilyn Hoffman to start writing a play for an Explorer show. They both searched for ages before coming up with the final script. Rehearsals started in September and from then on the entire cast met every Wednesday and Saturday to rehearse and usually have a laugh. The cast would always be smiling and joking about and although we had a few upsets and movements in rehearsal places we all stayed strong as a group and helped each other through. So by November it was panic time, and with a few changes to casting the actors were put to the test. The stage crew was now brought in and proved to do just as good a job as the actors. Stage Manager Marcus Thompson took to the job immediately and quickly made enemies, but it was only because he was so bossy! That quickly went and the entire cast, crew and all gelled together and started to look like a proper acting company. By now it was the 14th of December and it really was panic time! On the day the first few arrived at 8am and the entire cast was there by 9am. Lots of setting up and the market place was created. The market was run by Louis Devall, who managed the entire operation and did a fantastic job, all those that saw the finished result could not help but be impressed. At 10am the final full dress rehearsal started. This went OK, however the current King Knicklejam, Stuart Kennington, was extremely ill and try as he might to get to the show he couldn’t, which was OK because we didn’t fancy him being sick in the side room! So King Knicklejam was replaced by Sam Saragi who did a extremely good job of stepping in and his performance should have had a round of applause to itself.
Coffee Croissants and a Chat with God 8.30—10.00 am Last Saturday in every month at the Rectory, Ingles Lane Doddington First breakfast— 23 February Come along to an informal prayer breakfast when we can talk with God and one another about the needs of our Churches and our Communities. No charge but donations appreciated Please phone Rev Val Fernanadez 742715 for further details
The seventh edition of the Benwick Bugle