My daughter, panto and looking to the future
Jan15

My daughter, panto and looking to the future

The end of panto hits my daughter hard. Living in a panto bubble for seven or eight weeks is everything to her and she doesn’t want to go back to her boring life the way it was. Every time it comes to an end, it makes her think about her life and where she is going with it. Which is a pretty big thing for a girl of her age. At the end of the first year, we looked into her doing some sort of drama. We considered both Stagecoach...

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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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Project 365 2017 Week 18
May06

Project 365 2017 Week 18

I’ve had my busiest week of work in a long time, thank goodness, I really needed it! Here’s our week in pictures… Day 120 – Sunday 30th April – regular readers will know I love my running, but I feel like I’ve loved it even more in April. It’s probably because the spring weather is perfect for running – not too hot or too cold, plus I’ve got no pressure to train for a half...

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What it’s like backstage at the panto – by my daughter
Jan16

What it’s like backstage at the panto – by my daughter

Sadly, the panto is over for another year. But I wanted to share my daughter’s memories of what it’s like backstage at the panto… We usually do two performances a day and the times vary, depending on if it’s a schools’ performance or a normal performance. We have to get to the theatre an hour before the first performance. On a schools’ performance day, the first show is at 10, so we have to get...

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The panto: It’s all over
Jan10

The panto: It’s all over

So that’s it then. After eight weeks, the panto is all over. Three rehearsal weeks, five performance weeks, 18 rehearsals, 28 performances, 15 performance days. There have been 10am performances, 11am performances, 1.30pm performances, 2pm performances, 2.30pm performances, 5.30pm performances and a single, solitary 7.30pm performance. They’ve performed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. And now it’s all...

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