Panto Opened On Wednesday

Jan Leeming

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Panto opened on Wednesday

Date: 9th December 2007

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Well the Panto opened on Wednesday and is proving to be great fun. We've had a few little glitches but the show is getting stronger by the day. We had a fabulous Saturday with three shows and three super audiences. It's great for me to be back on stage again. Theatre was always my first love but, needing to earn a regular living, I turned to television many years ago. I know it's Panto but it's lovely to have a live audience and to have the ability to improvise when things go wrong. In my transformation from old woman to Fairy Godmother - as the disguising cloak is pulled off, I have variously had my tiara knocked askew and my wand tangled up in the departing cloak - but I somehow found the lines to cover. This is my fifth pantomime and I think I can safely say it's my favourite. The Company is a very happy one, the theatre is a delight - small and intimate - and I love feeding the ponies every day. Yes we really do have live ponies to pull Cinderella's coach. They contribute a bit of a pong backstage but they are really lovely.

Wayne Sleep as Buttons is excellent and what a performer - you get a comedian, a ballet star and a superb tap-dancer for the price of one.

The Ugly Sisters are the best I've worked with.

Ed Stewart is a popular Baron Stoneybroke

And our young stars - the two boys from the TV Programme 'Any Dream will Do' wow the young girls in the audience every night.

Carly Day- our find - was picked out of over 200 hopefuls in a 'Find Cinderella' Competition - she looks absolutely gorgeous in the Transformation Scene and is making an excellent job of her first starring role.

Our Dancers are superb with some excellent numbers very well choreographed.

And our Musical Director has created near miracles in a short space of time

Hilary - the Wardrobe Mistress - has created some spectacular costumes and mine is stunning.

I could go on and on - all the backstage staff, management, everybody is so pleasant and helpful.

It's hard work but so rewarding.

Must go now as I'm only home for half a day and once I go back to Windsor (staying with my sister) I'm off the Internet. So you won't get any more info. for a while.

I'm not clever enough to be able to send you all an Electronic Christmas Card so I'll just say


Yours with affection, Jan

Panto opened on Wednesday

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