Auditions Start For This Year’s Theatre Club Panto

panto_2014_1The recruitment drive for the annual Theatre Club pantomime takes place tomorrow and on Thursday.

Auditions for this winter’s show ‘Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp’ are being held at 7pm on both evenings at the Town Hall.

Maggie Perkovic is producing and directing the show and Pam Manning is managing backstage operations.

Adults can show off their acting skills on the first night and children aged 10 years old and over can audition on the 16th.

Club Secretary Jenny Byers says this year’s show doesn’t require as big a cast as usual so the club hopes that the roles can be filled. She says there’s already been quite a lot of interest shown.

The club’s half-yearly meeting held last week backed a move for more youth involvement in the club. Jenny says the islands’ youngsters “are our future.”

They’ve appointed a new youth representative, Zoe Jenkins, who is also the islands’ Member of the Youth Parliament.

Zoe will be the club’s link with the islands’ young people and it’s hoped that more can be done to engage with local youngsters.

Jenny adds that Zoe has performed with the group in panto and is a very talented actress.

The St Mary’s group is also taking up the Cornwall Drama Association’s ‘Project 14-18’ initiative.

They are going to write and produce a play based on the First World War experiences of the people of Scilly and Cornwall. So the hunt is on for original material in the form of letters, diaries, photographs or family stories that can be woven into a play, showing how islanders were affected.

Jenny says there’ll be a St Mary’s working party led by Gail Sibley.

As part of the process, our local club hopes to encourage collaboration between the school, local historians, writers, actors and directors.

The finished play will be performed countywide to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

St Mary’s Theatre Club also agreed to consider awarding honorary memberships to any islander who has offered the club continual support. Any nominations made will be discussed at the annual general meeting. Until now only people aged over 80 have been eligible.