Home Grown Panto For Theatre Club This Season

Pantomime season was top of the agenda at the St Mary’s Theatre Club half-yearly meeting on Wednesday evening.

Their next show will be a panto based on a script by Steve Sims, which Kevin Leeman will be producing.

Club chairman Tom Scott says it’s based around the story of a dancing fiddler and has plenty of traditional panto “he’s behind you” moments to keep everyone happy. Tom says it’s great to have a home grown script this year with loads of local references.

Auditions will be taking place on 17th and 18th October and there are lots of parts available, with 16 adult roles and plenty for children.

One uncertainty next year is the timing of possible refurbishment work to the Town Hall theatre. Tom said that will affect the timing of their productions next year and the club has formed a working party with other users to ensure there’s as little disruption as possible. He said the Council are keen to work around the planned show dates if they can.

They’ll also be supporting the One Act Play Festival again next year, which will take place over a single week in May, using a similar format to this year’s festival.

One change will be the awarding of a trophy to the winner instead of a £100 prize. Tom says this will be named in honour of popular Theatre Club treasurer, Shirley Smith, who died suddenly earlier this year.

And Shirley’s favourite charities, The Royal British Legion and Macmillan Cancer, will each receive £250, raised from donations for programmes this year.

The club recently announced that they’ve had four nominations at this year’s Cornwall Drama Awards and Kevin Leeman will be travelling to the ceremony in Newquay at the end of the month.

Tom was tight lipped about their chances but said, “let’s hope he has to pay excess on his luggage.”


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