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DECEMBER MEETING

 

OLIVER'S RESTAURANT
Rochester

Panto Read Through and Table Magic

 

 

An excellent turnout with only Ray & JB missing.  Beers in the bar and then through to an excelent 'Read-through' layout
of a big open square.  Nick explained the format and Del took the floor.  Everyone did a sterling job and it was a real laugh.

POINTS TO NOTE

1.  You need to sell 5 tickets please, £10 a time. 

2.  You have 3 tickets so far and another 2 will be posted out in due course.

3.  If you don't sell them by New Year then return them or pay up!

4.  Rehearsal:  SUNDAY 5th Jan 10.30-1.30
Followed by GASS Sunday Lunch (including partners) - £20 a head (incl wine)
A perfect chance to relax, have a bite to eat, and catch up after Chrsitmas.

5.  Performance:  TUESDAY 7th Jan - Tickets £10 - Doors open 7.30 for Curtains at 8.15. 
Audience capacity 120 seated.  Snack service on the night.
(Bar opens 6.30 for actors)

6.  AFTER-PARTY!:  Once it is all over the Cast and close friends (actually the whole audience)
are invite to the after-party (always the best bit).  Live Band, dancing, laughter!!!!!
May even show the video!

7.  COSTUMES:  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR COSTUME!
Please make a real effort as the wilder and wackier the costumes the funnier it will be.
Hire it, make it, borrow it.  Some have more scope than others but please make it happen!
Some guidance is on the CAST LIST below.

8.  SCRIPTS & LINES:  LEARN YOUR F'ING LINES!!!
You will be allowed to carry your script, but so much better if you actually learn them.
Even better if each group could manage a short private rehearsal beforehand.

 

The cast working through the script, and learning little things like Widow Skanky reading out his line
"Everyone knows about your tomfoolery.....TA!...... but I know where he hides his jewellery"
The 'TA' in the middle being spoken by Tony as in 'thank you', whereas it actually means TO AUDIENCE.

That was followed by a few tweaks to Ian's camp levels, up a bit, up a bit more, bit more....
Oooh Genie!  That's more like Ian love.  Now swing the hips.....

Director Del maintaining a sense of humour in the face of the normal GASS 'herding cats' problems.

Mel, with the long blonde hair, doing a great job of blending in as an honorary GASS member and honoured lady member of our cast.
Hugh, dreaming of overcharging GASS with a bottle of Sherry, but holding out against the urge like a true recovered addict.  Hold out!   Well done!!  Oops!

And finally, below, our amazing magician.  Many thanks Andy.

 

GASS PANTO CAST

 STEVE RICHES – HIMSELF   DEL DELORME – HIMSELF
JOHN BRICE – INTRODUCER
NICK JENKINS - FAIRY ‘FAR CANAL’     

COSTUMES:  Nick to sort out an amazing Fairy costume, hope you still have the white PVC boots!

CINDERELLA

MEL -  CINDERELLA
STEVE BELL - THE PRINCE  (Berman & Nathan's, uniform of a Captain of Hussars, gold braid, tall bearskin hat, sword, the works)

ANDREW SMITH – UGLY SISTER 1   BRIAN HENSLOW – UGLY SISTER 2
(Andy & Brian are going to compete for the biggest, blowsiest slapper possible, leave that to us, Wendy's Wardrobe here we come!)    

ALADDIN

GARY EASDOWN - ALADDIN    TONY MANKELOW - WIDOW SKANKEY   CHRIS SPREE – ABANAZAR    IAN – GENIE
(Guys, it has to Wendy's Wardrobe for you lot too....  Turbans, big baggy pants, brown oiled skin... go for it).

HUGH  – MAGIC DIGGER/WHEELBARROW DRIVER  – FULL MONTY STRIPPER
(Hugh, painted up prop wheelbarrow please, and then use your epic imagination for the outfit!)
PHIL RALPH – PRICESS SHIRL
(Bikini, Manquini, up to you Phil........)

SNOW WHITE

MEL  -  SNOW WHITE   
JOHN BRICE –  WICKED QUEEN (Needs a Wendy's Wardrobe again)

PETE FARRER - HAPPY   RON PRICE – GRUMPY   STUART GILBERT – SLEEPY   DON PILCHER – DOPEY
GRAHAM BRIDGEWATER – BASHFUL   RAY GUTTERIDGE – LAZY   KEITH EVANS – MIRROR
LEN SMITH   – SNEEZY (SNOW WHITE)
(All wear the White Naval Uniforms, hats and gloves from the AGM please, important for effect)

 

PHIL COCKERTON – SCENERY SHIFTER      LEN SMITH – STAGE SWEEPER

(long brown work coats and flat caps)

 

Some of you have more difficult costumes than others.  Some are happy just to sort it out and hire a funny costume in, paying for it themselves.
If your costume is important and you need financial help, just ask Brian, GASS can't pay for all the costumes but can help.

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
(and if you want to party - join some GASS members at The Roffen)