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Pantomime run-up 'a bit of a nightmare'

The Chair of St Mary's Theatre Club has described the run-up to this year's pantomime as "a bit of a nightmare".

The Club, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, has had to scrap its annual winter production for the last four years as the Town Hall stage has been out of use.

However, they expected to be able to use it this time around and have been working hard preparing new production Mother Goose.

Producer and Club Chair Linda Thomas told Radio Scilly: "It’s been a bit of nightmare because we thought we were going to go in the Town Hall and then we weren’t sure so we’ve been practising mainly in the church pavillion, which obviously wasn’t where we were going to perform it. And then at the last minute a week or two ago we [were finally given permission] to perform it in the Five Islands Academy performance hall. There are a lot of problems with the Town Hall so it’s just wasn't feasible."

Writer/director Jon Mackenzie said that the Academy's equipment is much better than Theatre Club's own, but the late venue decision has caused issues.

He explained: “For me the problem was that I always thought we were going to have the Town Hall… so I had that in mind. It’s very difficult to direct something when you haven’t got a clue where it’s going to be performed because you don’t know how wide is the stage going to be, how deep, how many access points there are.

"We did our first rehearsal at the school the Thursday before last and it doesn’t give us very long but I have to say at those three or four rehearsals we’ve had, the cast and the children in particular have been absolutely outstanding.”

The Mother Goose cast consists of Jeremy Brown, Noah Osborne, Sienna Hathway, Becky Hicks, Linda Thomas, Kate Hale, Julia Grottick, Tim Dean, Jacky Pritchard and Barbara Duncan, along with supporting cast Freya Jenkins, Evie Jenkins, Keira Blackstone, David Hicks, Arlo Garratt, Sanchia Hick, Maddie Blackwell and Jessie Jenkins.

Linda added: "Everybody involved has been brilliant. It's the first time I've ever produced. I was in panto 30 odd years ago as a villager but to be producer is like.... what do I do? So it's been a huge learning curve but I've had so much help."

The performances are on Friday, February 8th at 7pm, Saturday 9th at 7pm and a Sunday 10th matinee at 2pm.

Tickets are available from the TIC and on the door.

>> Theatre Club working hard to bring back panto


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