AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY
Sleeping Beauty by Robert Spolander and Radnor Everett
The Paul Daisley Hall, Brent Town Hall, Wembley. January 2011
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Our Committee Honorary President Chairman Vice Chairman/Honorary Treasurer Assistant to the Chair Honorary Secretary Production Manager Publicity/ Website Manager Fundraising Secretary Membership Secretary
Joan Munday Robert Spolander Steve Angus Kay Blackstaffe Janette Hutchinson Robert Spolander Jeremy Spolander Jason Kosky Catherine Waters
Life Members Chris Bird, Kay Blackstaffe, Stuart Everett, Connie Miles, Joan Munday (President), Robert Spolander. Honorary Patron - John Jetten Patrons by subscription Sarah Blackstaffe and Nigel Simpson, Peter Dodd and Julian Topping, Rita and Chris Everett, Jean and John Garlick, David and Victoria Murphy, Jeffrey and Margaret Over, Alan and Carole Spolander, Margaret Bunker, Marc Dempsey, Les Elliott, Linda Everett, Jose Forni, Barbara Hutchinson, Laurence Hutchinson, Irene Ottaway, Pam Tye. The Chameleons are affiliated to National Operatic and Dramatic Association, Brent Association for Voluntary Action and Brent Arts Council. We would like to thank Brent Council for their support. We would like to thank the many individuals and companies who have been able to support the show by donating tombola gifts, advertising in this programme or assisting with efforts or items needed for the production.
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On behalf of The Chameleons Amateur Dramatic Society, I am delighted to welcome you to our spectacular family pantomime, Sleeping Beauty.This production is the result of an amazing amount of work by an incredibly talented team of over 70 volunteers ranging from those of us on stage to the teams backstage and front of house. Many thanks to all who have helped us to get here. I am always proud to write to you about the continuing success of our society and quick to mention the hard work that this requires. Once again our 2010 production of Jack and the Beanstalk earned us a nomination for the London NODA award for best Pantomime production. It is a mark of our constant desire to produce the very best entertainment that our resources and creativity allow. It is also a nice time for a little reminder that the group also has a rich play heritage. Last Spring, our production of ‘Allo Allo’ received the Andrew Forney Memorial Trophy - Adjudicator’s Special Award for ingenuity at the Barnet and District Drama Festival. We look forward to submitting “The Scottish Play” to this year’s competition. Such awards reflect a great deal of time and effort as well as crediting the talents of our volunteers. I was very sad to hear of the recent passing of Charlie Brown, who worked here at the Town Hall for many years. Charlie was a great help to us and will be sadly missed. We are always looking for new recruits and maybe you might have a hankering to be part of this success too. If that is the case then information is available in the foyer so why not take a glance over your interval drink.We also have a wide range of ways in which you can either contribute to or advertise with the group and our team will be more than happy to discuss this. However…that’s not what you are all here for! You want to laugh, cheer, boo, clap and sing along to a great traditional family pantomime…well, you couldn’t have chosen a better place to be. All that remains is for to me issue that popular request…sit back, relax, switch off your mobile phones and enjoy the magic of pantomime…Chameleons style!
Enjoy! Robert Spolander Chairman
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Cast List Princess Ruby Prince Opal Nanny Nelly Fairy Emerald Fairy Saphire Fairy Amber Fairy Amethyst Jasper Captain Chameleon Corporal Cat Private Piglet Sergeant Snail Private Wolf Private Weasel King Topaz King Pearl Queen Pearl
Michelle Edwards Gemma Holloway Ben Parker Arlette Kamellard Simone Lee-Tyrassek Kat Priest Nikki Amory Ian Byrne Robert Spolander Ian Ramsdale Catherine Waters Rachel Simpson Tone Richardson Daniel Conceprio Jason Kosky Steve Angus Lauren Sproule
Chorus Victoria Bayes, Aine Black, Eilis Coffey, Katie Dennison, Jodie Johnson, Lucy Kennedy, Sinead King, Amelia Kirby,Yogietha Kirushnamoorthy, Shantel Lee-Tyrassek, Kishna Mavji, Jack McCourt, Junelle Muge,Yara Samaha, Aarti Shah, Keval Shah, Rassika Selvanendam, Eleanor Smith, Alice Sproule, Paige Sproule, Roisin Walsh. Adult chorus: Seema Ali, Karen Deehan, Donna Dempsey, Lisa King, Helen Stevens.
Production Team Director Musical Director Choreographer Assistant Choreographer
Stuart Everett Janette Hutchinson Hannah Bain Lauren Sproule
SCENES AND SONGS ACT ONE Scene 1: The village of Camdonia, On a day of celebration “Mr Blue Sky” “Lambeth Walk” Scene 2: The Enchanted wood, Home of the fairies “On A Mission” “With A Little Bit Of Luck” Scene 3: The Palace of King Topaz, on the day of Princess Ruby’s Christening Scene 4: The palace gardens - 18 years later “The Time Of My Life” “Tell Her About It” Scene 5: The palace of King Topaz, on the day of Princess Ruby’s 18th birthday ACT TWO Scene 1: The road to the palace - Later the same day “Ruby” Scene 2: The road to the palace - 100 Years Later “Don’t Stop Believing” Scene 3: The palace of King Topaz “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” “Live And Let Die” “Love Is In The Air” Scene 4: The palace gardens Audience Participation Scene 5: The palace of King Topaz, on a most special day “I’m a Chameleon”
Be a part of The Chameleons experience Are you over 18? Do you have a talent for, or an interest in, acting, directing, producing, stage management, set building, costume, prop making, sound or any other stage-related discipline? Whether you want to rekindle an old hobby, develop a current one, or you’ve just always had a hankering to get involved in amateur theatre but never got round to it, come and join us. We produce three shows each year - two plays and a pantomime. Our plays take place around May and September time, and our pantomime in January here at the Town Hall. We organise many social and fundraising events throughout the year. Whatever your expertise, you are most welcome - it is the combined efforts of everyone in the society that make our shows possible. If you would like to support the society without being an acting member, why not join as a Patron? We will keep you informed throughout the year with our newsletter, and invite you to every production as well as our social functions and events. We also perform a special Patrons’ Evening in thanks each year. Please get in touch with us on 07951 815 192 or email email@example.com. We welcome your contact whether you would like to join us or are just interested in finding out more about our group.
A Case Study of The Chameleon By Richard Attenboroughofbrent
So, here we have this most fascinating of creatures, the Chameleon (Family; Lovey) in its natural environment…the stage. It performs a number of role in all shapes, sizes and colours and all to entertain. Let us take a moment to look at this creature away from the bright lights. The Chameleon is by its nature a friendly creature. It is pretty sociable and whenever there is a chance for enjoyment it is first in the cue! Throughout the year you will find your average Chameleon visiting local drama groups, watching shows and working behind the scenes to lend support . When time permits they even head to West End to admire the work of the professionals. A Chameleon is most at home when it comes to show week.This comes with its very own social calendar including meals, drinks and a chance to talk the night away. Partners and families join in as this party ‘Animal’ makes every second count. As the year goes on the Chameleon can be seen in bowling alleys, Restaurant’s and at parties and BBQ’s (weather permitting) where they gather people together, to catch up on news and swap stories. Each week at rehearsals our Chameleons (and prospective Chameleons - See above) are more than welcome to pop down to the nest otherwise known as Neasden Methodist Church and see how the cast are progressing whilst sharing a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. The evening is often finished off by wending our way to a local pub where the landlord knows exactly the right refreshment for this thirsty lizard. Do you think you’re a Chameleon? Well why not pop down and find out?
In the community As a society,The Chameleons have been active within the borough of Brent (in all it’s guises) since our formation back in 1966. Only five of our productions have ever been performed outside of the borough and we are delighted to have formed close links with our audiences and local groups in the area. With venues and funding under threat the future is unclear but we are determined to be a part of it. Our Thursday night Gala performance, in conjunction with the management of this hall, provides us with the opportunity to give something back to the community whilst spreading the wonder of a pantomime. In addition to offering reduced ticket prices across all catergories we have donated 150 tickets to a variety of local charities, particularly geared towards children and those who may otherwise not have the chance to experience our shows, We are delighted to welcome visitors from these groups this week. In line with our desire to make pantomime as accessible we were delighted a few years back to bring BSL signed assistance to two of our performances.We thank Karla Hannigan for once again giving her time as she forms part of the large voluntary family once again striving to bring you first class family entertainment.
Award Winners This year, In a first for the Society,We entered ‘Allo ‘Allo into the 2010 Barnet and District Drama Festival. We are delighted to announce that we were awarded the Andrew Forney Memorial Trophy - Adjudictor’s Special Award. The adjudicator, Charles Evans awarded this for Ingenuity. We were also been nominated for two awards by NODA - The National Operatic and Dramatic Association - London Region. The Chameleons were awarded the “It’s Behind You” Best Pantomime Award for our production of Beauty and the Beast in January 2009 and were delighted to have been nominated again for our 2010 production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Our Souvenir show programme for this production has been Highly Commended and was named overall 3rd in its class from 239 productions. The Barnet and District Drama Festival is one of the best established in the London area, has been running since the 60s. With adjudication stretching from February to May, it attracts a wide range of competing societies from the area offering thirteen trophies in most aspects of stagecraft. NODA, founded in 1899, is the main representative body for amateur theatre in the UK. It has a membership of some 2500 amateur/community theatre groups and 3000 individual enthusiasts throughout the UK, staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes.
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Hello Boys and Girls, Let me introduce our cast.
My Name is Ben Parker and I play Nanny Nelly. I am a pantomime obsessive, currently averaging three pantomimes a year in different countries, having performed in “Indiana Jones and the Pantomime Horse” at the Edinburgh Fringe in the summer. Next week I am playing the baddie (boo) in “Dick Whittington” in Luxembourg’s only pantomime (true). This performance marks the end of a Chameleons exile, as I have spent several years living over the hills and far away, and only occasionally popping up backstage. I last stepped into the Dame’s high heels for the Chameleon’s 2005 production of “Aladdin”, and am confident I will look just as alluring in a frock despite the passing of years. In my spare time, I am a professional mathematician (also sadly true). Ben and his many frocks are available for weddings, bar mitzvahs, and crossdressing by appointment (happily false). Princess Ruby will be played by Michelle Edwards Michelle has been involved with The Chameleons since she was a wee nipper at the age of 8 and has never left them since. Her most loveable characters have been
Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” and Cecile from “Dangerous Liaisons”, but closest to her heart is the role of Eliza Doolittle, the cockney corker in The Chameleons last production “Pygmalion”. Michelle is currently training to be a music secondary school teacher. She hopes YOU won’t fall asleep during the show! Gemma Holloway takes the role of Prince Opal This is Gemma’s 10th panto with The Chameleons and she is very excited as the previous Sleeping Beauty was the first panto she was involved in as a youngster in the chorus Having played a princess in the last three shows, she’s very much looking forward to playing this year’s principal boy. In real life Gemma runs a tuition centre in Hendon and is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces singing and clapping along during the show.
Fairy Nough Fairy Sapphire is played by Simone LeeTyrassek After ferrying her daughter (also in this show) around for panto rehearsals, Simone finally decided it was her turn to shine. She joined the society for our first show of the season, “Allo Allo,” playing the role of Helga and has appeared in all of our productions since. Her off-stage talents were quickly spied by the production team and she set about making many of the chorus costumes you see today. By day, Simone can’t get away from children as she works in a school kitchen. Making her pantomime début she is quick to point out the slightly nerdy Fairy Sapphire shows her acting against type!
Kingsbury Amateur Operatic Society and will be performing in their next production of “Music Man” in April next year. Fairy Amber is portrayed by Kat Priest This is Kat’s 7th Pantomime, and following her stint as the better half of the esteemed partnership known as Chasbo in “Jack and the Beanstalk 2010”, once again she has been aptly cast as the streetwise fairy Amber. Kat’s favourite roles of all time are Frodo in “Babes in the woods”, Smitty (“Play On”) and Mimi (“‘Allo ‘Allo”). She “ ‘Opes you ‘as a wicked time - Init!”
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Fairy Emerald is played by Arlette Kamellard Arlette has been actively involved with the group for some time both on and off the stage. Until recently she performed the role of Membership secretary and she still keeps her hand in by assisting with our monthly newsletter. Onstage the roles have varied from that of the amusing cleaner Mrs Roper in“Verdict” and Mrs Higgins in “Pygmalion”, to the Scarecrow in “Wizard of Oz” and Granny Weatherwax in “Wyrd Sisters”. In this show she returns to familiar ground as a good Fairy who ‘wishes’ you all a ‘magical’ time tonight. Arlette is also an active member of 13_Col_midright_fairies.indd 1
Being evil is not something that comes naturally to Nikki. On the weekends she donates blood, feeds the homeless and helps blind people cross roads (often without them asking or needing it), So when she was given the chance to be the most evil, horrible, cruellest fairy in all of Pantoland we had a hard time making her mean. To get in to character she was told to practise making small children cry and stealing candy from babies. All good experience for her role as Amethyst - the bad fairy out to get beautiful Princess Ruby. In reality, this is Nikki’s 4th show and 2nd Panto with the Chameleons having played Harmony Harp last year in “Jack and the Beanstalk” and she is loving every minute of working with such a great cast and crew. 12/12/2010 00:55:51
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Robert Spolander - Captain Chameleon A twist of fate or a trick of the stage – either way Robert is delighted to turn 20 “as a Chameleon” by playing…a Chameleon! This may be a brand new role but it’s one that Robert is fairly familiar with – off stage it’s Chairman rather than captain of this happy band of players and he’s done his fair share of adapting to roles both in committee and performance. Over the years he has changed in to a writer, a director, a stage manager, a production manager, a Dame, the Sheriff of Nottingham, Valmont in “Les Liaisons’ Dangereuses”, Jo Keller in “All My Sons”…to name but a few. By day Robert can be found as a Debt Controller for a large utility company …maybe that’s where he gets’s the ‘energy’. Corporal Cat - Ian Ramsdale This is Ian’s second Chamelons production. He played the English policeman, Officer Crabtree, in our production of David Croft’s “‘Allo ‘Allo” in April 2010. He did have a small walk-on role in our “Jack and the Beanstalk” pantomime last year, where his main role was as part of the props department. Prior to that, his last stage performances were whilst at school. In the real world, Ian is a broadcast journalist, producer and presenter, working on various radio, television and online projects. He enjoys sport, musicals and laughing. Private Snail - Rachel Simpson Rachel first appeared on stage at the tender age of nine as Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” and was bitten by the acting bug. She studied Applied Theatre at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and has also worked in Theatre in Education. By day, she teaches Gym, Music and Arts to under 5s at Gymboree Watford. Theatre credits include “The Pajama Game” (Poopsie) “Hello Dolly” (Minnie Fay) “The Hot Mikado” (Pitti Sing) and Lois/ Bianca (“Kiss Me Kate”). Her favourite role to date was Annie in “Annie Get your Gun” in 2008. Most recently, she appeared in By Invitation’s “NINE” and is excited to be reprising her role at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. “Sleeping Beauty” is Rachel’s pantomime debut and she hopes you have a snail of a time, just like she will !
Private Piglet (A Pig from the north) - Catherine Waters Catherine can’t believe this will be her 5th panto this side of the curtain for The Chameleons! From adult chorus to player to an Italian pasta dressing (Pesto) and adult chorus again, Catherine is delighted to be playing Private Piglet “a Pig from the North” this year, and now knows this must be the reason she collected pigs when she was younger! She hopes you enjoy the show, and has to pass on the message that if you happen to find a pie or two and a jug of gravy, Private Piglet won’t say no, Private Wolf - Tone Richardson Tone is making his first appearance for The Chameleons. Tone is a singer, song writer and composer for his band and has also played at some of the top spots in London such as Westminster Bridge, the Plaza Hotel and the Jazz Café in Camden Town. He also performs with a tribute band called ‘The Johnstons’, singing Motown hits in Irish pubs, bars and at weddings. Outside of music and pantoland, Tone works as a security officer for the job centre but, you can find him every Friday night entertaining locals at The Torch on his favourite karaoke night – Raggyoke! Private Weasel - Daniel Conceprio Daniel is looking forward to playing Private Weasel tonight having been in the Chameleons family for 3 years . He also works in a variety of roles for several West end nightclubs.
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Jasper - Ian Byrne Ian is a relatively new member of The Chameleons, having only joined last year, but has been disgracing himself on stage for quite a few years now, and unfortunately for audiences , refuses to stop. Among previous roles, Ian includes Charlie Davenport in “Annie Get Your Gun”, Luther Billis in “South Pacific”, Moonface Martin in “Anything Goes”, Will Parker in “Oklahoma!”, Benny Southstreet in “Guys and Dolls”, Gaston (Gigi), Dr Jekyll in “Jekyll and Hyde”, and Barnaby in “Hello Dolly”, as well as roles in Fiddler on the Roof, All My Sons, Kiss Me Kate, Oh What a Lovely War (where he had to play 15 different roles!) and Oliver. He has also been known to turn up at the opening of an envelope, as long as there’s a pint of Guinness involved! And after the success of Shovel the Welsh henchman last year promises that Jasper will prove to be his most outrageous performance to date!
King Topaz - Jason Kosky This is Jasons second panto since he has returned to the group. He is getting used to playing kings having just played Aslan in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” for The Good Companions. Apart from being on stage Jason is alsothe proud father of two year old Chloe. Jason hopes you all enjoy the show. Queen Pearl / Asst. choreographer - Lauren Sproule Fresh from playing the role of Thomas Cook entertainer (Summer 2010), Lauren is back for some Wembley frostbite! Having played the role of Jack in 2010, Lauren is delighted to be assisting once again with the choreography and getting herself into character for a Pearly Queen. That must have needed a lot of rehearsing Did someone say typecast? Lauren claims to be the quietest of the hundreds of members of the Sproule clan performing in this show… although the editor can’t find much evidence of this. King Pearl - Steve Angus Steve is the society’s treasurer and as such the editor needs to be careful what he writes here. Steve is also a master of innuendo so this section tends to be heavilly edited. It is probably safer all round that we leave this here. Steve is one of our longest serving members having appeared in the East End for several of Shakespeare’s premieres.
Our adult chorus (L-R); Helen Stevens, Karen Deehan, Donna Dempsey, Seema Ali, Lisa King.
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L-R: Lauren Sproule, Hannah Bain, Stuart Everett Janette Hutchinson, Stuart Everett Director Stuart is a Life Member of the group and is delighted to return to the Directors chair for this our 40th Anniversary Pantomime “Sleeping Beauty”. Stuart is also co-writer of the show and has stated categorically that calling the Princess ‘Ruby’ was just a coincidence. Over the years Stuart has performed in numerous roles both onstage and off, and has been privileged to direct or appear in many well remembered shows. His performed roles in the last year have been varied, as he has appeared as ‘Dame Wibble’ in “Jack and the Beanstalk”, ‘Rene’ in “’Allo ‘Allo” and ‘Professor Henry Higgins’ in “Pygmalion” Stuart also regularly appears with other local groups in musical productions.
When not pursuing his favourite pastime Stuart can be found working as a General Manager of an Interior Design company or running his own Karaoke business.
Sons) and Madame Bovine (Cinderella). By day Janette works for Brent Music Service as the KS2 co-ordinator for their classroom programme “Music’sCool”.
Janette Hutchinson Musical Director
Hannah Bain Choreographer
After a successful conducting tour (across London on the no.83 bus), Auntie Janette once again returns to the pit in order to take up the musical reins for a pantomime. She has wielded the baton for many local operatic societies but enjoys coming back to the Paul Daisley Hall for the unique experience of The Chameleons Pantomime. A member of the group for a number of years, Janette also enjoys treading the boards with her fellow Chameleons and among her favourite roles to date are Lady Angatel (The Hollow), Kate Keller (All My
This will be Hannah’s eighth year of choreographing panto . Hannah would like to thank her fabulous chorus and cast for making this year so much fun and for all being such a joy to work with. Hannah is not on stage this year due to her demanding job and rather demanding puppy Rocco who we all hope will soon be making his stage debut! Whilst not prancing about in rehearsals, Hannah runs Customer Service for La Senza.
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Behind The Scenes Stage Manager Mac Deputy Stage Manager ZoĂŤ Roxon Stage Crew The Chameleons and friends of the Society Set Hire Paul Lazell Lighting Design and Management Chris Davis Assisted by Tim, Colin, Simon and Gordon Follow Spots Stoo and Andrew Sound Design and Management Alan Foss Costumer Co-ordinator Helen Stevens Costume Hire Harlequin Costumiers and The Costume Store Additional Costumes Simone Lee-Tyrassek and the Society Properties Collation Craig Marshall and Nikki Amory Assisted by The society Production Manager Head Chaperone Front of House Manager Auditorium Coordinator Box Office Manager Box Office Sales Publicity Programme Printing Orchestration Keyboard Bass Kit Reeds Trumpet Trombone
Robert Spolander Jose Forni Alan Spolander Les Elliot Stuart Everett Heather Angus Jeremy Spolander and the Society Jeremy Spolander Bob Borrow, Ticketprint Sharon Broughall Karen Richmond Paul Anderson Sarah Kosciukiewicz Sarah Brinkley Sharon Broughall Terry Gardner
BSL Signer Karla Hannigan Many thanks, as always go to the staff, here at the Town Hall Apologies for any omissions, we are very grateful for all support
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SLEEPING BEAUTY THROUGH THE YEARS In 1697, The French author Charles Perrault published a book of tales. One of these bore the title ‘La Belle au bois dormant’ with a literal translation of ‘a beauty asleep in the woods’. Perrault tells of a King and Queen who long for a child and are finally rewarded with a baby girl, Princess Aurora. The whole kingdom is invited to the christening including eight special guests…the fairies. A ninth and wicked fairy has hidden in a tower for many years. Angry to be snubbed, she arrives and lays a curse on the baby princess.Yes, you’ve guessed it, she is to prick her finger on a spindle and die. But, fear not, one good fairy has hidden away and uses her gift to send Aurora to sleep until she is awoken by true love’s first kiss. In 1812, The Brothers Grimm presented their take on the story in the form of Briar Rose. Coming from a far away land, the handsome prince began to take on the role largely associated with this story, saving the day and ensuring a happily ever after. In 1890. Tchaikovsky’s ballet premiered in St Petersburg, Russia. Although not the first time this story was put to music, this is by far the most popular and well known. The music was to pay a key role in the animated film to follow. In 1959, Walt Disney Productions released the full length animated film, Sleeping Beauty. Much from Perrault’s tale reached the silver screen with some Disney magic thrown in for good measure. Maleficent, an evil fairy, casts a curse on Princess Aurora that only the handsome Prince Philip can break. The Prince finds help along the way in the form of fairies: Flora, Merryweather and Fauna. The film, featuring a musical score adapted from Tchaikovsky’s ballet cost six million U.S. dollars and took nearly a decade to produce. 1972, One year after making their pantomime debut, The Chameleons performed Sleeping Beauty for the very first time at the old Neasden Methodist Church, home to many early shows. Founder member and Honorary President Joan Munday performed what was to be the her first of four Sleeping Beauty fairies. 1981, The Chameleons return to Sleeping Beauty but by this time the venue had switched to our current home Brent Town Hall. Life member Chris Bird wrote the script and current Treasurer Steve Angus was aptly suited to the role of Chancellor. 1991, The Chameleons performed their third production of Sleeping Beauty. Founder member, Jim Snell directed, Chris Bird again wrote the script and also found time to play Dame Nanny Nora. There was even a brief visit from Chris Tarrant, albeit through a recording courtesy of Angel Sound. 1999, The Chameleons fourth production of Sleeping Beauty saw the first script written by the authors of today’s show and the first pantomime directed by tonight’s director Stuart Everett. Among the cast were two infamous villains, Pick (Craig Marshall) and Shovel (Robert Spolander) who would return for show’s to come.
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PREVIOUS PRODUCTIONS 1967 A PUBLIC MISCHIEF TRIPLE BILL LOVE’S A LUXURY 1968 THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF YOUR LIFE SURPRISE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE 1969 DEAR OCTOPUS BOEING BOEING MIDSUMMER MILK 1970 PYGMALION ON MONDAY NEXT QUIET WEEKEND 1971 JACK & THE BEANSTALK PINK STRING & SEALING WAX LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN 1972 SLEEPING BEAUTY GOODNIGHT MRS. PUFFIN SALAD DAYS 1973 CINDERELLA LADIES IN RETIREMENT THE BOYFRIEND 1974 OLD KING COLE SHADOW IN THE SUN THREE IN ONE BONAVENTURE 1975 ALADDIN BLITHE SPIRIT VITALITY THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF 1976 MOTHER GOOSE THE MILITANTS SAILOR BEWARE 1977 ROBINSON CRUSOE PRINCESS ASCENDING BREATH OF SPRING GASLIGHT LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD 1978 THE BRIDE AND THE BACHELOR I’LL GET MY MAN NIGHT MUST FALL 1979 DICK WHITTINGTON HERE WE COME A-GATHERING NO TIME FOR FIGLEAVES A MURDER HAS BEEN ARRANGED 1980 GOODY TWO SHOES HAY FEVER OLIVER! THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
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1981 SLEEPING BEAUTY LLOYD GEORGE KNEW MY FATHER BLACK CHIFFFON 1982 BABES IN THE WOOD CAT ON THE FIDDLE A BAG OF LAUGHS PYGMALION 1983 ALADDIN BILLY LIAR MURDER ON THE NILE 1984 JACK & THE BEANSTALK IS YOUR HONEYMOON REALLY NECESSARY? BUSYBODY 1985 CINDERELLA BELL, BOOK & CANDLE LUCKY FOR SOME 1986 DICK WHITTINGTON LORD ARTHUR SAVILE’S CRIME THE HOLLOW 1987 HUMPTY DUMPTY NIGHT MUST FALL OUTSIDE EDGE 1988 THE WIZARD OF OZ THE HEIRESS THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF YOUR LIFE 1989 ALADDIN 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD TOAD OF TOAD HALL TOMB WITH A VIEW 1990 PETER PAN AN INSPECTOR CALLS BREAK A LEG 1991 SLEEPING BEAUTY THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND COSTA DEL PACKET NO SEX PLEASE, WE’RE BRITISH 1992 SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS PACK OF LIES TRIVIAL PURSUITS 1993 CINDERELLA WANTED – ONE BODY 1994 ROBINSON CRUSOE RUN FOR YOUR WIFE 1995 JACK & THE BEANSTALK CAT’S CRADLE PLAY ON!
1996 DICK WHITTINGTON GHOST TRAIN SING ON! 1997 BABES IN THE WOOD SUDDENLY AT HOME IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY 1998 ALADDIN AS LONG AS THEY’RE HAPPY VERDICT 1999 SLEEPING BEAUTY CALIFORNIA SUITE DEADLY NIGHTCAP 2000 SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS OUTSIDE EDGE MURDER IN COMPANY 2001 CINDERELLA OUT OF ORDER CONFUSIONS 2002 JACK AND THE BEANSTALK OUT OF FOCUS THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES 2003 THE WIZARD OF OZ COMIC POTENTIAL LORD ARTHUR SAVILE’S CRIME 2004 DICK WHITTINGTON DANGEROUS CORNER MURDERED TO DEATH 2005 ALADDIN THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST 2006 BABES IN THE WOOD AN INSPECTOR CALLS PLAY ON 2007 SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS RUN FOR YOUR WIFE LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES 2008 CINDERELLA WYRD SISTERS THE HOLLOW 2009 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST CAUGHT IN THE NET ALL MY SONS 2010 JACK AND THE BEANSTALK ‘ALLO ‘ALLO PYGMALION
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May 2011 At the Kingsland Hall, United Reformed Church, East Lane, Wembley.
Our London 2012 Panto
Dick Whittington Next January, Here at the Paul Daisley Hall, Brent Town Hall, Wembley.
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