Panto 2017: It’s all over
Jan03

Panto 2017: It’s all over

And, just like that, panto is over for another year. And it’s been another fabulous year. Twenty five performances over 15 days, 16 rehearsals in two and a half weeks and eight disrupted school days. All over. This year, they squeezed the panto into four weeks rather than the usual five, but had only four shows less. There was a handful of days with three performances. On those days, one chorus team did two shows and one did...

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The new school: Panto panic
Dec07

The new school: Panto panic

A year ago, I was telling everyone that my daughter DEFINITELY wouldn’t do panto this year. We love panto, but she’d be in Year 7 at a new school and she needed time to settle. As the auditions take place in mid-September, auditioning would be a bit of a gamble as it was such early days and we wouldn’t know if her friendships would be strong enough to survive her missing school for panto. I reckon I’d changed...

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The panto – opening night!
Dec04

The panto – opening night!

It seems like only days since panto rehearsals started and all of a sudden we were at opening night! And we were all very excited. Actually, it really was only a few days since rehearsals started. We say there’s three weeks of rehearsals, but in reality it’s only two and a half. They started on a Tuesday in the middle of the November and they rehearsed every day after school, plus Saturdays, for that week and the following...

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Leotards for panto from Dance Gear
Nov24

Leotards for panto from Dance Gear

Regular readers will know that rehearsals are well underway for my daughter’s third panto. Although it’s a professional production, it’s at a small local theatre and budgets are tight. Not only do the girls have to share costumes with their opposite number in the other chorus, they also have to provide their own basic dancewear to wear for every performance. They need to provide black and nude coloured leotards,...

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First week of panto rehearsals: All change
Nov20

First week of panto rehearsals: All change

When I think of the panto, I think of my hours spent hanging around the cafe at the rehearsal venue. I see it through rose tinted glasses. I love that place. I love my glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice and the particularly nice cheese and onion crisps that I stretch out for an hour or more. I read a book or, if I’m feeling good, I read one of my work books. Panto rehearsals are marked with photos like this. But nothing...

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