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Wednesday 16th: The Mayor

December 17, 2015

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Two shows today again- 10.30am and 2pm. I’m good with these early shows, having just finished the Panto Roadshow which starts earlier- we start getting in at 9.15am on that tour!

Talking of Panto Roadshow, one of our special schools here came to see the show today, Ysgol Gogarth in Llandudno. Andrew Ryan & I took the Panto Roadshow there on behalf of Venue Cymru in the Autumn, and to my great delight they came backstage and had a tour of the stage and my Quick Change Room. Lovely to see them again, we had a great time at their school, and I was very pleased to see how much they enjoyed this visit to the theatre!

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This is a picture of Prince Connor and his guards, along with Wendy from Wardrobe. This window backstage overlooks Mount Snowdon in the distance, and is the only place where we can get phone reception, if we press close to the window!

The both shows went well, and we celebrated Kelvin Musical Director’s birthday today!He got a shout out from John after the Songsheet.

Directly after the show I had a visit from Mark Hinton, Designer. Mark and I worked on the Wilton’s Music Hall Pantomime “Dick Whittington which is now opened. Costumes from the Kenneth More Theatre were used by Mark and Tony Priestley to add to the gorgeous designs for this trad Music Hall Panto that stars Roy Hudd in his FIRST Dame role at the age of eighty!

The Mayor’s Parlour!

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Here we all are at the Mayor’s Parlour, The Town Hall Llandudno. As always a warm welcome and a lot of food and drink! We all enjoyed a visit here, and were in awe of the lovely surroundings. The Mayor’s trusty right hand man was there as always. His name is Les Smith. Les is Eighty Three I believe , and it turns out was Stage Elex at The Hippodrome Birmingham in 1948-49.

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You can imagine the conversations we had! Les had lit Liberace, worked alongside David Whitfield, Laurel and Hardy and Wilson Keppel and Betty! I was in seventh heaven!

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Gaby with Les Smith

I’ve contacted the Heritage staff at The Birmingham Hippodrome to get in contact with Les, and to record his memories of the Hippodrome for posterity, as part of their lottery funded Heritage oral History Scheme.

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A really lovely afternoon spent in the council chamber.Lovely to see Sarah Ecob and staff from Venue Cymru joining us. It really is such a happy friendly company. Thank you so much Mr Mayor!

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The evening- after my Nanny Nap- was spent at the glorious King’s Head Pub at the foot of the Great Orme. Crackling fires, lots of dogs, and Quiz Night!

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My team”The Fairest In The Land” came fourth out of Fifteen!

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Mack, on sound. Part of the winning team!

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The Winning team, Sound & Music: Mack, Steve, Neil and James!

A pretty full day you have to admit! Tomorrow two shows at 10.30am and 2pm then dinner at the gorgeous Empire Hotel!

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