It’s that time of year again…..oh yes it is.
To keep the Festive spirit going, the Sedgefield Players will be putting on their annual Pantomime in the Parish Hall between 27th and 30th December 2019. With songs and dancing, it has something for everyone – from cheering at the Dame, Tom Guest to booing at the Demon, Sarah Legender, with a fairy, shared between Rosemary Jones and Viv Jacobs, bumbling bailiffs, Liz Flanagan and Jacqui O’Meara, a mean Squire, Peter Hook, and of course the star herself Mother Goose, being played on alternate nights by SPYS members Emily Legender and Alisha Quinn.
With the usual gags and laughs, we visit haunted forests, enchanted pools and glitzy ballrooms and don’t forget to bring your singing voices for our finale song–Reach for the Stars.
Tickets available from Tickety Boo, or the ticket line-07957 104434.
Sedgefield Parish Hall
Playing to packed houses the Players annual Pantomime, ‘Cinderella’ was a great success. Written by David Jasper and Tom Guest, who served as director as well as playing Ugly Sister Eugenia, opposite Terry West as Fatima.
Sarah Legender and Kelsey White took on the principal boy and girl roles as Cinders and Prince Charming whilst Jacqui O’Meara and Sarah Atkinson are sharing the roles of Smash and Grab the bailiffs with Joshua Wilson and Cameron Andrews.
Jessica Sadler and Alisha Quinn also shared the role of Fairy Godsister Cheryl, under the supervision of Rosemary Jones as the Fairy Godmother.
Kieron O’Donnell and Lucy Atkinson took on the sidekick roles of Buttons and Dandini, while Ian Thurgood and Viv Jacobs play the Baron and Baroness Hardup. Elizabeth Flanagan and Jean Hewling round out the cast as the Angry Woman and Mrs. Curtain respectively.
Two teams of SPYS and a team of dancers took to the stage over the course of the week, in what is always the Players’ favourite time of year.
The production featured original music by Tim Jasper and was choreographed by Gill Rowe. Set design by Walter Howell, Costume design by Jeanne Iveson, and lighting and sound design by Adam White and Richard Flanagan.
THE PIED PIPER
Another successful Panto run brought a fantastic high to the end of the year of productions from Sedgefield Players. Playing to packed houses the cast brought the usual fun and frivolity to the Parish Hall. This year the story of the Pied Piper ridding the town of Hamelin of a plague of rats was brought to audiences with the usual song, dance and comedy. The Piper, Sarah Legender, was aided by the usual characters including Dame ‘Helga Von Trump’, fabulously played by Tom Guest, alongside Willie, Kieron O’Donnell, not forgetting Blatter and Splatter, the towns idle rat catchers, Sarah Atkinson and Jacqui O’Meara, bossed around by the Burgomeister, Dave Jasper, with his Town Clerk Hans, and his girlfriend Heidi, keeping things under control at The Bier Keller. Of course, no panto is complete without the usual boos and hisses at the towns baddies, Rat-Worst and his leader Sour-Kraut, played by Terry West and Viv Jacobs, as well as Fairy Strudel who lightened the mood, played by Rebecca Garfield. Finally, topped off with a host of villagers and dancers made up of our fantastic SPYS.
This year the technical team was comprised of Tom Guest and Gill Rowe as Director and Choreographer; Walter Howell as Set Designer; Adam White as technical manager alongside Tom Hearmon and Ciaran Lines who operated the shows; CDB Production Solutions who provided pyrotechnics and special effects for the run of the shows; Ian Thurgood who staged managed; and Jeanney Iveson who did a fantastic job on costumes.
As ever, this year’s panto was a great success and we are grateful for the amount of time put in by those who worked front of house and as chaperones, and not to forget the support of our audiences. The costumes and wigs have now been packed away until 2018 when audiences can expect to see a certain magic slipper…