Friday, 21 September 2018

Hundreds pack in to see village pantomime

MORE than 800 people attended performances of Dick Whittington by Wargrave Theatre Workshop at Woodclyffe Hall last week.

MORE than 800 people attended performances of Dick Whittington by Wargrave Theatre Workshop at Woodclyffe Hall last week.

Highlights of the annual pantomime included a version of I’ve Had The Time Of My Life sung by Dick (Sophie Armstrong), a salsa dance by the Fairy and the Cat, Clive Dow’s King Rat costume, complete with sparkly leggings and a 6ft tail, and scenery painted by Sheila Williams and Martin Lorenz.

First-time director Linda Daman was assisted by musical director Rod Murray, choreographer Madelaine Kelly and stage manager John Hunt. Dick’s cat Tom was played by David Watt in a nod to Antonio Banderas’ Puss in Boots from Shrek while Captain Cuttlefish (Philip Rowe) and Captain’s mate Scupper (Graham Burke) were crowned this year’s comedy duo.

Ms Daman said: “This all started in November and was pretty intense. I was nervous on the opening night, then when people started laughing I thought, ‘this is going to be all right’.”

The group will hold open auditions for Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, which will be performed at this summer’s village festival, in the Green Room at Woodclyffe Hall at 8pm on Thursday and 7pm on Sunday, February 3. For more information, call Ann Roberts on 0118 940 2656 or email annroberts189@btinternet.com

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