The Pocahontas Players – Evolution Express – The Musical

Well really, we do not know how to start . . . . .

What an amazing show this turned out to be. We say ‘turned out’ because as an overall non singing drama group, we wanted to push our limits and perform something very different for our group. Dave Curtis (our chairman) came up with this idea of depicting mans achievements, through dialogue, song and dance. He began with the early cave men, going out to hunt for food for their families on foot. Man then invented the ‘wheel’ which went onto fire and engines, thus Mr Stephenson inventing Stephenson’s Rocket, which saw the train. Then came the 1st world war, with the invention of the Radio. Everything was bought to us by rail and road, including by heavy goods trucks. Then the car, being used for pleasure as well as work. It all came to the grand finale with the invention of World Wide Web, depicting that now, what ever we need, it can come to you, as each cast member walked out of a massive computer screen, with a medley of up beat songs, with the final song ‘Nothings gonna stop us now’ bellowed out, at the top of our voices.

We cannot begin to thank all our loyal and new supporters. All the donated raffle prizes. The businesses who displayed our advertising poster’s. The ten Programme sponsors and The West Norfolk Inn for displaying advertising fliers in each menu holder. THANK YOU!

This production, we saw Zac Hawkins in his first acting role as Matthew the Cave man and also as an Army Soldier. We also had Charlotte Linford in her first Pocahontas appearance as a Radio Ga Ga dancer. Another new member was Emma Hurn, who sang as a Cave woman, clutching a baby wrapped in an animal pelt (Not a real baby and not real animal pelts, we would like to add there!!)

The back stage crew are just as important as the cast and for this production, we welcomed a very efficient young lad, James Rushmore , who had all the back drops, under control during the performance.

We also welcomed to the sewing team of this production Terrie Barrett, who is a whizz-kid with her needle, thread and sewing machine, making Janice and Heathers load much much lighter.

Although we welcomed 5 new members , we also said goodbye to two of our more established members , Laura Thomas and Ben Parr, who have had several years with the group and who are now off to University. They started The Pocahontas as two very shy cast members but leave us as two very confident teenagers. “Good luck Laura and Ben, we shall miss you both very much. Laura, for your beautiful singing voice and Ben for your wit and charm but both for your good manners!!!”

We, the group had spent many hours rehearsing, singing, dancing and hope that our audiences went home feeling up-lifted? We certainly did! Thank you all again for your support because with out YOU, we wouldn’t be such a huge success. We feel so proud to be a part of Heacham’s Pocahontas Players and we hope that Heacham feels just as proud to have ‘The Pocahontas Players’ as part of them?

We are now on our summer break and will be back to start auditions and rehearsals for our Panto, which this year will be written by Jim Race. More info on that later but at the moment we are going to enjoy our summer . . . . .

from The Pocahontas Drama Group