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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:07 am

OK, I'll 'fess up. It's only half written as yet. And we're still not 100% sure we'll get our regular venue. But there's a key production meeting tomorrow night, and I'm optimistic that things will move forward from thereon.

So this will be the seventh, and final, year in a row where I will have written the annual pantomime for our merry band of players. First time up it was a collaborative effort, but since then it's been all my own work - well, apart from the stuff I nick from other sources: obviously! Laughing

For anyone who isn't aware the shows, which are always performed in the first half of January, have been:

2004 Robin Hood
2005 Snow White
2006 Cinderella
2007 Treasure Island
2008 Puss In Boots
2009 Aladdin
2010 Rapunzel.

It was a great pleasure for me that a group of Wrinklies braved snow, and sub-zero temperatures, to watch the Aladdin Saturday matinee. And for anyone who hasn't seen it, here's a clip from the Friday night performance of the show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR1ctFr9U5I

Anyway, I've started and I sincerely hope I'll finish. In discussions with fellow Wrinklies, I've often said how for me the writing process isn't a straight forward thing of beginning at the start, and finishing at the end. Rather, it's more like a jigsaw - you get the edges sorted (in my case the opening and closing scenes) and then construct it as best fits around characters that are alive within my head. So this year I have so far written.

Act 1. Scenes 1, 3, 4, 5
Act 2. Scenes 1, 3, 6, 7

Which still leaves 1.2, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 2.2, 2.4 & 2.5 to go. Blimey that sounds like a lot! But I'm enjoying it, because this story is very rarely, if ever, performed as a panto, which opens almost limitless possibilities script wise.

I'll shut up now - but before I go, here's the logo for Rapunzel which was delivered to me this very afternoon. Very Happy



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Post by Jennyjenkins on Sun Jun 07, 2009 4:51 pm

*wanders in munching popcorn and waiting with bated breath for the opening muzac*

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Post by Zoltar on Sun Jun 07, 2009 5:28 pm

Jennyjenkins wrote:*wanders in munching popcorn and waiting with bated breath for the opening muzac*

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*does the same, finds his seat* Smile

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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:55 am

Blimey, such enthusiasm already! Very Happy

If things go according to plan the Overture will be a reorchestrated version, from 2:00 to 3:07, of this wonderful piece of music.

I have to say we've already had quite a few changes in the music. The MD & I have had a couple of meetings, and I reckon 4 of the 10 pieces are different to what they were in the plan.

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Post by sheringham on Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:26 am

So what music are you currently thinking of using???
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:08 am

You want Spoilers????? Very Happy

What I will say, for now, is the songs that have been dropped include "Songs of Love" by The Divine Comedy, "Shining Light" by Ash and, much to my regret, "Sowing the Seeds of Love" by Tears For Fears - for a long time I'd planned this to be the finale, but it went a few weeks ago.

So what is in there? Well I'll name just two. Our opening number is "A Comedy Tonight" from A Funny Thing happened on the way to the Forum", while in the second half there is a version of "I Left My Heart" that you just won't believe! I'm aiming for the last 40 minutes or so to be something very, very special. Wink

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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:36 am

The script is very slowly, but surely, getting there. Two scenes left to write, although they are the two biggest scenes. And I'll need a couple of weeks for re-writes once they're completed - never been this late before!

I have another meeting with the MD on Thursday night, and then there's a full Production meeting 2 weeks later. Trouble is at the moment we haven't got confirmation of the venue, and rehearsals need to start in less than 6 weeks. So it's all a bit up in the air at the moment, which may help explain why my motivation isn't as great as it has been in the past.

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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:14 am

2 weeks on and I haven't made any further progress with the script. Tonight's meeting should probably provide me with the momentum I need, although AFAIK the venue still isn't confirmed, and won't be till next month at the earliest.

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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:56 am

The meeting went well, and we're ploughing ahead even given the situation I previously described. I'd better get the bloody script finished now!

Show dates are set as 7th, 8th & 9th January. Mrs C=O will be directing, as I want to tread the boards in a certain role one, last time. Wink Laughing

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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:47 pm

Although rehearsals started on 13th September, I've been very quiet (publicly at least!) on the panto front for a long time.

I've just returned from an emergency meeting, where it was confirmed that the Council, who now own GSK Leisure Club, have said we can't use the venue.

However, we have been beavering away behind the scenes for a long time with a back-up plan, and that is now going to be implemented. So hoepfully it'll be all systems go from the middle of the week. And it needs to be, as opening night is exactly 2 calendar months away and we have even got tickets etc printed yet.

So publicity should crank up several notches this week, and I'll provide more info as soon as I'm allowed.

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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sun Nov 08, 2009 11:22 am

Right, our venue is now confirmed. Oldfield Primary School, which is directly opposite last years venue!

A lot of logisitcal hurdles to be overcome, and the capacity looks like being 120 instead of the 165 we squeezed in for Aladdin. But we'll get there.

Anyone interested? If it helps, I'm playing Dame for one final time. Shocked lol!


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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:58 am

We had an excellent rehearsal yesterday afternoon. About a dozen of the *key* characters. There was some seriously good stuff going on. Smile

I've been to the venue twice now. Lots of things for the technical team to sort out, I'm leaving it to them. The biigest problem, to my mind, is that the stage will be 3 1/2 feet shallower. affraid

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Post by konstantin on Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:14 am

...maybe just spill out into the audience?


I can see how this could be a problem - your scripts are always very, very deep - never shallow. Hope it works out.
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:23 am

konstantin wrote:your scripts are always very, very deep - never shallow.

affraid lol!

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Post by barnaby morbius on Sun Dec 27, 2009 5:00 am

i'll be there! 8th or 9th...?
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sun Dec 27, 2009 2:50 pm

The matinee on Saturday 9th is completely sold out barnaby. Tickets for Friday night or Saturday night still available. If you have a choice, I'd defeinitely go for the Saturday!

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Post by Lee Carey on Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:00 am

Ah, bugger. That'll teach me not to visit for a couple of days over the Christmas/New Year period. Louise and I were hoping to get some matinee tickets as I don't know whether we'll be able to get back from West London with an evening performance. What time is Rapunzel likely to finish, C=O?
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:24 am

By 9.45pm Lee. Greenford Station is 5 minutes walk away.

The get-in started today. Hopefully have a couple of photos soon - if they get emailed to me anyway! Show week starts tomorrow with a 4 1/2 hour technical rehearsal from 3pm onwards. Costumes are behind schedule, we're in them from Monday onwards.

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Post by Aspadistra on Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:02 am

Will there be a DVD this year? Question
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:30 pm

Indeed there will. Smile

A couple of photos hot off the press from today's technical rehearsal. We start in costume tomorrow.




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Post by Aspadistra on Sun Jan 03, 2010 3:25 pm

Thanks for the pics.

Would you kindly place my customary order, sir?
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sun Jan 03, 2010 3:33 pm

Yes Ma'am. Very Happy

For those who are not aware, that's Urban Herbivore on the left in the first photo. She's playing "Funky Claude". Laughing

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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:39 am

It's proving to be a very stressful week. Some of the cast performances haven't been good enough, the technical side has been far from smooth, the logistical challenges provided by the new venue are considerable and, to top it off, the weather is now giving us major headaches.

Full Dress Rehearsal tonight - no idea how many cast & crew will turn up.

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Post by Starfighter Pilot on Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:54 am

Oh dear! I hope it goes reasonably smoothly tonight Tony, and you have enough people coming along.
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Post by barnaby morbius on Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:42 pm

The Co=Ordinator wrote:It's proving to be a very stressful week. Some of the cast performances haven't been good enough, the technical side has been far from smooth, the logistical challenges provided by the new venue are considerable and, to top it off, the weather is now giving us major headaches.

Full Dress Rehearsal tonight - no idea how many cast & crew will turn up.


good luck tony- i don't think i'll be able to make it now which is a shame - have to work at the weekend and the weather's not helping. hope it goes well and see you at the next wrinkly drinklies.
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