Monday, 02 August 2021

Living Advent Day 2: Christmas Razzamataz

A PACKED Regal Picturehouse hosted the second night of the fifth Henley Living Advent Calendar

A PACKED Regal Picturehouse hosted the second night of the fifth Henley Living Advent Calendar.

About 80 people viewed a 12-minute video of three Razzamataz Theatre Schools performing Christmas songs at the cinema in Boroma Way.

A second intimate showing of the video took place at Hotel du Vin in New Street, which had been set up in case the first venue became full.

The start of the video showed snippets of each of the groups, which were from Marlow, Wokingham and Newbury.

Members of the Marlow and Newbury theatre schools were in the audience.

The video showed the Marlow group performing Dean Martin's Walking in a Winter Wonderland, whilst sat in front of a Christmas tree.

Later songs performed by the Wokingham and Newbury groups included Brenda Lee?s Rocking Around the Christmas Tree and Vaughn Monroe's Let it Snow.

Then the final performance was the Razzamataz Theatre School jingle. At the end of each song the audience applauded.

Richard Rodway, who chairs the advent calendar, said the video was ?fantastic?.

Before and after the performance a collection was held for Bishopswood Special School, in Grove Road, Sonning Common.

Janet Kellett, the school?s headteacher, was among those collecting, thanked all attendees for their donations after the video had finished.

The annual charity fund-raiser involves 24 half-hour performances by dancers, theatre groups, singers and other acts each evening from December 1 up until Christmas Eve.

The identity of each act is a secret until their performance, just like opening a door on an advent calendar. Each night is dedicated to one charity, which will hold a bucket collection and publicise their work.

Tonight?s performance will be hosted at Early Rider, which is at the Henley Enterprise Park, off Greys Road.

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