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Thursday 22nd December National Elf!

December 23, 2016

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Dame Trott selects a victim!

Today at The Derngate it was “Elf On A Shelf” day! A lovely tradition whereby a cute Christmas Elf appears somewhere on the set in each scene. A sort of Yultide “Where’s Wally”. He had many homes today in The Village, Cloudland and even had a ride on Dame Trott’s mobility scooter!

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Backstage is a magic land! There are so many people who work throughout the day to create the world of Panto- from Sound, lighting, flys, wardrobe, stage management- through to chaperones for the children, front of house staff, box office- a daily army of people creating a two hour memory. Here are some backstage photos- taken by our Company Manager Eamonn. A small glimpse of that backstage wonderland!

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Beth calling the show from Prompt Desk. (Stage left here. Some theatres differ).

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The Finale steps from behind the scenes. They are STEEP!

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Sam on the sound desk in the auditorium. Many many cues at the flick of a button. Ricky has his desk in Stage Right wing, and he monitors the radio microphones throughout the show.

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The show is created by lighting, sound, scenery, costumes and a hard working crew who transform a market into a grand ballroom, and move a squeaky giant (WD40 is his diet) into position so that JO on Stage Left can control his movements animatronically.

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Best seat in the house!The Sound desk!

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Interval in the flys!

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Way up high!

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