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The Opening Shows!

December 9, 2019


Saturday & Sunday 7th-8th December 2019

Dress rehearsals and technical rehearsals behind us- Oh Yes They Are! It’s opening day!

This being my 46th Panto (I believe) you’d think the first day nerves would have faded into the ether, but I’m afraid they are always there. That slightly scary fear of the unknown, the wondering if you’ll remember all the  lines, and if so, in the correct order, and MOST definately the “Will I get laughs!” All of that leads to the relief you get after the first (but mostly the second) show when it all goes to plan. Director John Peyton must feel that and more, as he watches his creation, and Adam Choreographer as he sees the audience enjoying his staging.

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Sut Mae Heddiw! Hello Llandudno- we’re open!

The first show had a lot of children in. Over a 1,000 in the audience, and a great reaction. Sherrie and I were tuned to the reactions, and keeping in mind that the ratio of Adult to young children might be different this evening, and some of the gags might be picked up . As it turned out the evening audience were well up for it, and Sherrie’s style of mayhem and madness (possibly developed way back in “Russ Abbot’s Madhouse” on TV came to the fore!

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Life in the Castle is all change- well, costume wise most definately!

Here’s our first online review: › sleeping-beauty-venue-cymru-review
The official photographs from press night are not out yet, so the ones on this blog are taken from the wings, and we look forward to seeing the posh one very shortly!
A great feeling of relief all round after the show opened, and a great feeling of pride in the hard work- and skill- that has gone into the production values, from John and Adam staging and directing, to Simon, Steve and Neil in the orchestra pit, Justin, Will, Joe and the Twins for the lights, sound and effects-our own Stage Management Team, The Juveniles from Pearl Shaw, Chaperones, amazing stage crew headed by Keith- and of course wardrobe – often the busiest role in Panto with Rachel and Bethan and their Wardrobe crew. Not forgetting Rich, Lucy & Emma and Theatre Manager Sarah for hosting us here at VC.
The Cast and Creatives- Adam & John.

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My special guest visitor Andrew Ryan with Sarah Ecob, Theatre Manager

Lovely to see Andrew (Ryan) here for the opening. He’s just finished directing “Beauty & The Beast” for Qdos at Belfast Opera House, and goes from here to start rehearsals for “Snow White” at The Birmingham Hippodrome- Playing The Nurse! A busy month for him!

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Sundays show was a bit early- 11am! We were bright and bushy tailed, and then the slightly more mature cast members retired to a cup a soup and a sleep before the 3pm performance. We said goodbye to Adam, John and David Morgan, and feasted en mass at The Cottage Loaf after the show. First proper hot meal since Thursday!

Day off today (Monday). I’ve moved hotels as The Can Y Bae is now closed, Sherrie has moved and Adam has moved into his apartment. A well earned day off!

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