To the Congregational Hall! …on Sunday afternoon and a very kind invite to come along and digitally document the Wivenhoe Pantomime, 2013.
Which roughly translated means take some snaps, attempt a half decent interview with the cast and then bodge it all together back at base as an exercise in hyperlocal history for generations to come.
The lovely Panto Kids of Wivenhoe will LOVE all those cute photographs as a reminder of the way we were in years to come…
But for now it is the immediate future and January 2013 that attention is turned towards. With less then two months until opening night at the William Loveless Hall [where else?] how is the show shaping up for the 2013 Wivenhoe Pantomime?
Rather well if Sunday afternoon at the Congregational Hall was any indicator. The cast has been rehearsing twice a week since September. You need commitment and staying power for Panto – a dodgy double entendre that thankfully isn’t in the script for this season.
What is in the script however is a highly original storyline, penned by seasoned Panto regular, Sara Rout. Monsters Rock is the production – a title that you won’t find anywhere else in the history of thigh slapping. This is a production that is unique to Wivenhoe, with the WORLD premier (blimey) being performed on the evening of 23rd January, and running through until the 26th.
Sunday saw the singing rehearsal for the cast and musicians. Music maestro Nick White has once again kindly volunteered his professional input, along with the regular team of Julie-Anne White, Xanthia Fletcher and Greg Smith.
Some familiar and not so familiar faces made up the front row chorus line. The returning Panto veterans and the mix of new talent speaks volumes about the appeal of putting on a show. Yes it can be a testing six-month run in period, but something keeps the cast members coming back.
Generations of Wivenhoe kids have grown up around the Pantomime. You don’t want to sound like some third age mystical twaddle, but there is a Pantomime community in Wivenhoe. It’s a fine education for the little ankle biters; it helps that many of the adults also have a background in both local schools.
Speaking of learning, the main message coming from the musical maestro on Sunday was the importance of the opening song. It sets the tone for the rest of the show. SMILING is apparently important.
It was certainly GRINS all round when the fashionably late appearance of leading boy Shane Diggens made his grand Congregational Hall stage debut just as the opening number was coming to a close.
Save the best for last, etc.
I don’t want to give too much away, but Monsters Rock opens with Wake Up Boo, and then we went straight into the Pantomime finale. One presumes that there is a show somewhere hidden away in the middle…
A common question was:
“Who is singing and who is shaking their bop bops?”
Dontcha just LOVE Wivenhoe Pantomime?
It will be all right on the night, folks…
Tickets for Monster Rock go on sale at the late night Christmas Market at St Mary’s on the evening of 6th December. They will then be available from both Post Offices in the town.