WHEN THE THEATRE CAME TO HEACHAM!


DSCF9651DSCF9646It wasn’t only the theatre that came to Heacham public hall on June 24th/25th but also the state of Oregon USA. The Pocahontas Players staged a fun filled production of 7 Brides for 7 Brothers using tiered seating for the first time, much to the two full house packed audiences delight. As they were leaving  after the show, many of the audience were voicing their great comments  to the cast and crew. Mr Roger Dean said (and I quote) “One day I walked into this public hall and it was a Polling Station. The next day, a fully fitted out theatre!” Many said how they could see the enjoyment from the cast as they sang and danced their way through the production. As you can see by the attached photographs just how elated the ‘Brothers’ were, to have stolen their brides and the fun had at the ‘Barn Dance’ This camaraderie carried on through to back stage. Such fun and great atmosphere  was enjoyed throughout. How Jaime Parry taught that Barn Dance to 12 cast members in such a short space of time and IN such a small space, was amazing! Thank you Jaime.

13524570_970545586376075_3139543356534023255_nHowever, we did have one very big worry during the day of our first night, when Jack Parr (who played the youngest brother Gideon. Seen on far left of brothers stealing their brides photo) messaged in to Jeannie Tooley the director to say that he had been very poorly since 3 am that morning and felt he was to ill to perform but would see how he felt later in the day. The cast went into Panic mood. What? DSCF9796Seven Brides for SIX Brothers, just didn’t have the right ring to it? Luckily, at 5 pm he messaged Jeannie with “I will be there!” Jack arrived at 7 pm (30 minutes to curtain call) looking very ashen. He acted his ‘Cowboy Boots’ off that night , leaving the audience none the wiser – We enjoyed a celebration meal out together on the following Tuesday evening at The West Norfolk Inn, where it was very fitting for The Curtis Chairman winners cup “The Show Must Go On”  to be awarded to Jack Parr (see photo) Well done Jack!

We witnessed packed houses with two standing ovations . This made our 3 months hard work, worth its while. Not only were we supported by local, holiday, caravaner’s, and some folk from far away, we also had the support of local Drama Groups : FADLOS (Fakenham), The Kings Lynn Players, The Watlington Players, The Hunstanton Festival Players, Hunstanton Community Players and John Giller (J.G.D.A.T.A) Thank you with great appreciation . It means a lot to us as a drama group.

We thank our sponsors Mick Jennings, Sutton Estate Agents and JAYARS Get Noticed. Also a very big thank you to The Jutsum family and Peter Oakes and Jenny for their generous donations, of which paid for the printing of programmes, posters, fliers and tickets for the show. Thanks to the local business’s who hung The Pocahontas Players advertising posters in prominent places, for all to see and to jot down the important ticket office numbers.

Every raffle prize was donated – Bottles of Wine, £20 grocery vouchers, Baskets of fresh fruit, Flower arrangements, Toiletries etc. How lucky are we as a group, to have such good support? thank you.

The Banner above the Public Hall entrance doors was hung by Mr Alan Rudd, who does this ‘high-up’ job for us twice a year. Thanks Alan and son Barry.

PICT1250Ray Sparvell? Well what can we say? Ray kindly gave up his time to take photographs of our ‘full on’ dress rehearsal. He took many because there was several cries from the director “Take two!!” that evening! We can look back on these photos when we have finished treading-the-boards and think “Did we REALLY do all of that?!” Thank you Ray.

We needed a new lighting pole to attach new back of the stage lights. Thank you Geoff Proctor for arranging with Chris Sopp for a donated scaffold pole. Just the job! Cheers!

Last but certainly not least we thank The Heacham News Letter , The Peoples Paper and The Lynn News who all gave generous coverage and photo space. Unfortunately, Kara Needham was all set with her horse Dobby bridled and cart all polished to have a newspaper photo shoot, with our Brides and Brothers in a field enjoying a picnic BUT with our English summer weather, this had to be cancelled. Shame! Perhaps next time Dobby?

7 Brides for 7 Brothers (208)Its has been enormous hard work but also enormous fun staging 7 Brides for 7 Brothers. If you missed it and would like a DVD of the show please contact Mark 07530 624019. You can also find us on our new website page www.pocahontasplayers.co.uk  to keep up with past and future productions. We are now on our summer break and will be back and rearing to go on Tues evening 6th Sept  at 7.30 pm Heacham Public Hall, where the readings and start of auditions for our January 2017 Pantomime Alice in Jumble Land written by Jimma Race (NOT to be missed!!) will be held. Please come along and see what we are all about. We are always in need of back stage crew as well as cast members. If you are aged 13 up into your 90’s you will be welcomed. Talking of auditions? Alice in Jumble Land requires a Panto horse? Perhaps this is your ‘next’ time Dobby?!

Thank you – Janice Curtis on behalf of The Pocahontas Players