"The Emperor's New Clothes" from Behind the Curtains -
The final weekend of January heralded of course the St Marys' Panto Gang Pantomime. This year it was Hansel and Gretel in the Emperor's New Clothes. With a full time job, two choirs, a music group, and a 66 mile sponsored swim before Christmas, I took the decision this year to be a curtain (holding them up) and a member of the chorus. This at least meant I would have until January before I was required in my role.
And let me tell you, being a curtain is equally as much fun and in many ways you end up multi-
So, on the first weekend in January, I reported for duty: the curtains were not even made yet so this was a case of working out where we would be needed on the stage and how everything fitted together. It also meant that the main cast got some laughs at the appropriate points when the script was moving because we were hearing the jokes for the first time. Martin, Liz, Myself and Yvonne all had a song to learn, too. Vanessa wanted us to do 'Who Will Buy' from Oliver with her, so a milkmaid I became even if it was for only a couple of minutes.
We thought we had forever, but actually the month rushed by with costume fittings, curtain adjustments, songs and dance routines to learn. Not to mention acting as prompt and helping to round up children in time for their entries at various points. Before we knew it we were only one week from opening: cue an entire weekend (no kidding) spent at the church. I'm talking a rehearsal 3 -
Those of us who needed a little extra help with the song and dance routines, and were available, turned up on the Monday evening and we finally polished it off on the Wednesday. Thursday, and the dress rehearsal was upon us: with one last team talk from Duncan we were off.
Congratulations to George and Rosie for some excellent ad-
Friday night, our opening night to the paying public, the atmosphere back stage was fantastic. We knew we could do it. And you remember I mentioned about multi-
Saturday, and it's two shows to do with a short break in between and -
So now you know both how hard we work, and of course how much fun we have in the Panto Gang. Even if you are just a curtain and chorus, there is no "just" about it -