So another panto year is over, and we hope that you all had as much fun watching as the players did in performing the Culter Theatre Club's Christmas Panto 2012, Beauty & The Beast. Our five nights were a sell out, and our closing night performance gained a standing ovation!
So sit back and take a browse through some our our candid shots from the performances, relive the moments if you were there, have a look and see if you can recognise anyone if you weren't, and see if you can spot your favourite characters from the cast!
Well, whether you're coming to see Beauty & The Beast tonight or over the next few days, we hope you like what you see, and come away having enjoyed the show with a spring in your step and a smile on your face.
We'd also like to see you again - and the next opportunity for that will be in March, when we'll be running our show ’Allo ’Allo, for the second time. Some of you may know that we ran this show in May earlier this year, and it was such a sell-out success, that by popular demand we're bringing it back in 2013 so that even more of you can get to see it (we were sold out a month in advance last time, and many people were disappointed that they couldn't get tickets).
’Allo ’Allo is of course based on that well loved BBC TV series of the 80's, and the content is aimed at the more mature audience. Well, when we say "mature" that's solely in terms of age of course! So if you like a good sausage gag, and the painting of the Fallen Madonna (with the big you-know-whats) takes pride of place over your mantelpiece, then this show - heaped full of double entendres - is the show for you! All that coupled with the fact that the theatre is set out "café bistro" style, with snacks and nibbles provided, and we have a "bring your own bottle" policy, means that you're sure to have a fantastic night out!
Tickets will be on sale in the new year, so watch this space for more information, and once they go on sale don't delay as we're expecting them to sell like hot cakes once again!
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Well, as if you weren't excited enough about our opening night, you can now keep an eye on exactly how long there is left before it's "Showtime!". We've added a groovy little countdown timer that's going to tick away until the moment the panto opens for our first performance at 7.30pm on Wednesday night.
So if you weren't sure how long you've got to wait, keep checking the website right here, and you'll find out! :)
Well in just a week's time the show will open, so the final finishing touches are being put all over the place. From glitter on the scenery to, well, glitter on the cast - as you can see from the photo!
Everyone is really excited now, with the last couple of straight rehearsals this week, followed by our "Technical Rehearsal" this weekend. The technical rehearsal is where all our backstage crew have their main run through of the show with the cast. This allows them to work out the final details of how to get scenery moved at the right times, lighting and sound checked, and any special effects sorted out.
Then next week, that will be followed by our full dress rehearsal, where everyone runs the show in its entirety: costumes, makeup, lights, band absolutely everything, so that the show has been run completely before our opening night on Wednesday.
Hopefully you've got your tickets already because, as you'll see, we've now sold out every night. Once again thanks to all our many supporters out there - we're so looking forward to seeing you on the night, and we hope you are too!
Well that's us just two weeks aways from opening night, and everything is gathering momentum for the big performance week. Stage and sets are being constructed, costumes prepared and of course the cast are busy memorising those tricky bits of dialogue! (How many different ways can I say that line wrong!?)
It has to be said that there's a certain excitement rising throughout the whole club - as well as perhaps a mild sense of panic as the last polish is applied to those lines, songs and dances. No one wants to be up there on stage with the "startled bunny" expression come opening night. So we're all going at it to rehearse, rehearse, rehearse in order to put on the best show for all of our supporters out there.
On that note, it's worth mentioning that tickets have been selling like hot cakes as usual. You'll see on the right hand side that availability is now getting very limited on most nights, and the Saturday matinée performance sold out a while back. So if you haven't booked your tickets yet, don't delay - we'd hate for you to miss out because you didn't get your tickets in time!
Every time we put on a show, the audience comes to see the performers on the stage. But without the costumes, lights, sound and wonderful sets and scenery, I'm sure you'd agree that the shows wouldn't really be quite the same.
There's a whole raft of people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make clothes and outfits, to design and paint amazing backdrops and props, to build intricate scenery mechanisms for special effects, and also to organise, cajole, instruct and guide on all the myriad of things that need to be done for the show to even get off the ground. Not only are there all those creative types who make and build, but there's also the people who help organise the administration of everything, from buying rights to scripts and music, to organising and selling the tickets!
Culter Theatre club is always looking for new people to become part of the club - even if standing up on stage in front of a few hundred people several nights in a row isn't quite your thing, there are so many more opportunities for you to get involved. So don't think you have to be the extrovert out there on stage, just get in touch with us if you want to get involved and help out in other ways too!