Hello from The Pocahontas Players.
We had a very successful run of our latest Pantomime ‘Alice in Jumble Land’. We watched a young 14 year old new member, Kelsie Hall, step into Alice’s shoes with ease, with Joshy Chilvers being Alice’s best friend as the roller skating White Rabbit. We also had young Louise Pearce making her Pocahontas debut (for all our regular followers, Louise is Gary, our Panto Dame’s daughter). With her came her friend Lucy Hughes, who both were Indians, New York sight-seeing folk and Arabian market sellers. Nice little roles for them to be eased into the drama group. Mick and Sharon Yates were also first timers to the Pocahontas Players. Mick played the nasty PC Fez (Boooo!!) with Sharon being a New York fire fighter and Arabian by-stander. Who could forget new member Simon Boston with his portrayal of Mustapha Fortune with his side-kick Mustapha Look (Jimma Race); Simon was so good at keeping up with stalwart Jimma as he veered off the script, many times!
It was also nice to see Laura Thomas back in the group after 3 years at university, playing The Mad Hatter. These new members made up a cast of 30 plus, who in turn bought Jimma Race’s script into life with the concentration of another new member, who sat tucked behind the curtains, with script and little torch, following every word? Yes, the Prompt – Sandra Lester.
It was good to see so many new members arrive on the day of auditions for the Panto but what The Pocahontas Players struggle with, is Backstage Crew. Without Sandra as Prompt; without Dave Curtis and Ria Tipple as Sound and Light’ without Barry Shaw as Stage Manager/curtain puller; without Joseph Reumens as Stage/Sound crew’ without Dave, Jimma and Dan Jackson designing backdrops; without Janice Curtis doing costumes; without Esther Boehm and the cast with their artistic skills with props; without Peter Everingham, Joshy Chilvers and Ryan Chilvers as Director/Musical director, this production of Alice in Jumble land could not have been staged. See what a difference Backstage Crew makes to this scene shown here.
If you have Tuesday evenings free and would like to join Backstage Crew, please pop along to The Public Hall on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm – 10pm. (More rehearsals nearer show date) or phone Dave (Chairman) 01485 570402.
For this production, we were joined by a very young dance troupe – “YOUNGST*RZ” choreographed by Carla Pooley. It was nice to catch up with Carla again, having watched her take on the role of Simba in our very first showing of The Lion King way back in 2011. The troupe – Sophia Collins, Mia Sutherland, Florence Pooley, Freya Collins and Viola Hawkins were sweet and very well behaved girls to have around. Thank you.
We have to thank our well organised Front of House Team – Janet Race, June Critcher, Janet Kendal, Joanne Jackson and Anne Gill. With the introduction of separating the Raised seating tickets from the Stalls tickets, it was slightly worrying at times.
Noel Gill came up trumps by videoing the Saturday night performance. Thank you Noel, for doing this at such a short notice.
Thank you to Mr Mick Jennings, the Jutsum family, Peter Oakes and Jenny for your generous donations. These help us to keep improving our production side of things, Head sets, Programmes, Props, Paints etc
As no photography is allowed during performances, Ray Sparvell gave up his relaxing Sunday, to snap away at the Dress Rehearsal and what great photos they are Ray. Even if you had to wrestle with the dreaded ‘red light’ at times! As they say “Memories are made of this”. Thank you Ray.
We are so lucky to have the magnificent Heacham Public Hall as our venue. Twice a year, Alan and Barry Rudd climb up the front of this building and fix our Advertising Banner over the front door and also take it down after the productions. Thank you both so much for your help. This is very much appreciated. Last but certainly not least, we, The Pocahontas Players, have to mention ‘you’ the audience. To turn out on, what was, a very cold January afternoon or evening to support us, we cannot thank you enough.
We are well into rehearsal of our May 12th/13th production – ‘Who were you with last night?’. (For details of this, see this and next month’s Newsletter). The cast has been cast but Backstage Crew are always needed. Also, if you would like to be a sponsor by having an advert in The Programme, please contact our Chairman Dave.
from The Pocahontas Players x