Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Post Panto Report

God, what a horrible feeling this is. Nothing worth looking forward to. Tuesday nights will now be as boring as all the rest of the week.

Panto went fantastically. Both of the Saturday performances were amazing. I still can’t quite believe we didn’t have any bad audiences. Every year we normally have one audience who just don’t want to laugh or anything, but this year it didn’t happen! All of our audiences loved it, so that’s a really good thing. We managed to almost sell out Tuesday night too, which amazed us all.

I’m sad that it’s all over, but glad in a way. I absolutely loved Ali to death and although I enjoyed every second of the panto, it was such hard work, so I’ll be glad to just have a rest (for a week maybe :P After that I’ll start getting into withdrawal symptoms).

I’m going to miss seeing the video of the stag night every day. It never stopped being funny. Quite the opposite, actually. It got funnier every time I saw it.

We all got t-shirts given to us afterwards, which was awesome. Mine’s got the infamous photo of me on it passed out and tied up outside Chagford with the traffic cone on my head. Fantastic. Just amazing. I love it so much.

I’ve got a fair few other souvenirs of the panto too. There were some props, costumes and scenery that just weren’t worth the variety group keeping, so we got to take them home.

  • · The magazine I was reading in scene 2.
  • · The newspaper I was reading in scene 5.
  • · The grey coat with ‘Thief 39’ on the back that I wore for almost the entire duration of the panto.
  • · The Co-Op uniform badge that Ali wore in scene 8.
  • · Two sets of butterflies that were hanging from the roof on the wedding.

My lines are still all over the walls in my house, as if I don’t know them by now. I can’t bear to take them down.

Things I'm going to miss about the pantomime:

  • Going out every Tuesday and Friday night and having loads of fun
  • Getting interesting emails from the panto guys talking/arguing about different panto related things
  • Learning my lines in boring university lectures. Now what am I going to do?
  • Scene nine - I loved that scene. It contained my two favourite lines of the whole panto.
  • The stag night video. Enough said.
  • Trying to keep a straight face after the Sultan says he's going to divorce the Sultana. Charlie had some classic facial expressions after that. He was such a good Sultana.

Things I'm not going to miss about the pantomime:
  • Wearing shoes that are 2 sizes too big for me and having to wear 3 pairs of thick socks to pad them out.
  • The sleep deprivation associated with the adrenalin rush that doesnt wear off until 1am the following morning.
  • Taking forever in the toilets because I'm wearing X amount of layers and not wishing to drop my radio mic in there. You have no idea how amazing it is now to be able to be just in and out of there. If I needed to use the bathroom in the middle of the show, it was just tough! No time!
  • Singing in public.
  • Hard work! Over the course of the 2 1/2 hour panto, I estimate I had about 5 minutes maximum of resting time, INCLUDING the interval.
  • Whipping off that coat when Ali finds out he's a prince. I hope I made it look easier than it was.
  • Running. Those shoes were not made for running!
Treasured panto memories:

  • The time Fiezal's slip of the tongue caused him to tell Thief 34 to go hump the camel.
  • Filming the stag night footage in Chagord. We had so many posh people walk past with their noses turned up at us in ridiculous costumes. We just shouted after them 'COME TO MORETON PANTO!!!!'
  • Forming the human pyramid in the sentry. Brilliant.
  • The first time I saw the stag night video. I laughed so much it hurt and I cried with laughter.
  • The first time we read the script for the wedding scene. It was so funny.
  • The first 4 months of Jenny (Brandy) singing Hopelessly Devoted while Ali tries not to notice. It was only a few weeks before I managed to stop finding it funny.
  • The Sultana's "sword" snapping in half in the dress rehearsal.
  • Learning a song on the Saturday about flowers and daffodils. It really was a fantastic song, especially when we got most of the cast backstage singing it in cannon.

I had such an awesome time. Can't wait til next year.

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Friday, 22 February 2008

The Panto Report

Tonight's performance was the best performance yet. We had a good audience, and things just seemed to flow really well. Our mystery guest tonight was also the best one we've had yet. It was really entertaining.

Fiezal, the king of the thieves, had his son in the audience today, and it was his birthday, so we got him up on stage, and he was SOOO sweet. He was five. We got him up on stage and Fiezal got down to his level and said 'Hello Rowan', and he replied in the sweetest voice ever 'Hello Daddy'. Aww, bless!

Thursday, 21 February 2008

The Panto Report

We had a much older, more intellectual audience tonight. They enjoyed it, and really laughed at the smart jokes, but not so much at the dirtier jokes.

How annoying is this - the cast of the panto have put so much work into it, and yet our producer comes on stage for 30 seconds, doesn't say a word, and gets the best laugh of the panto? Something's not quite right there. :P

Media of the Moment

There's a Broadway musical of The Little Mermaid! It's not my favourite of the Disney films, but I love this song. Theatre always makes songs sound awesome, even songs you didn't think could get any better.

All the costumes are just stunning.

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Panto week is upon us

The most amazing week of the year is here, and it's started off with quite a bang!

The dress rehearsal yesterday was fantastic. We had a bigger crowd than we normally have, and they absolutely loved it. It really helped us all get into the spirit.

My nerves are becoming a problem though. Normally I get nervous for 5 minutes on the opening night, but now I'm nervous most of the time, including on stage (my hands were shaking tonight. Not good!) but I think I get through it well enough.

Tonight was the best opening night we have ever had in panto history. We all had low expectations for the opening night. The type of people who go out on Tuesday nights arent the loud type, and we only sold half of the tickets prior to the show, but it managed to turn itself around. We were all watching the TV backstage, and the audience were laughing at the narrator two lines into the panto! We knew then we were going to do okay. Later on, when I make my first appearance in scene 2, I poke my head out of the wings as usual, and there's not an empty seat in sight. I was stunned! We had so many people turn up on the door. It all worked out amazingly.

We made quite a few mess ups tonight, but nothing major, and we managed to get through it. The audience loved it. They always laugh when things go wrong.

I just hope the rest of the week is as good as tonight.

Saturday, 9 February 2008


I'll be honest. The obsession was beginning to wear off. Keyword: was. It had been three whole days since I had last watched it. I thought I was beginning to get over it. However, the withdrawal symptoms kicked in, and I had the urge to watch it again, and now I think it's made it worse.

Especially if my new desktop wallpaper is anything to go by. :P

I've been meaning to get something more personalised since I got my laptop. Now I've got it. :D

Friday, 8 February 2008


What's a namaphor?

Not long now until all will be revealed.

Media of the Moment

I have been trying to track down this video for YEARS. It brought back so many wonderful memories.

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Speak and Spell

Speak and Spell! I used to have one of these when I was a kid.

I saw this Dane Cook vid on Youtube and actually cried from laughing so much. It's so true!

Saturday, 2 February 2008


I've been obsessed with certain anime before, but never before have I been so obsessed that I can watch 2-4 episodes a day every day for a month and still not get bored of it. It's really good. Wish I knew where volume one of the manga had disappeared to. It's around somewhere.


Our director tells me I need to slap my thigh alot more, since that's what the principal boy always does. That's all well and good, but my legs are starting to hurt. Perhaps it's a good thing that I'm not wearing the prince costume with hotpants, because I think my legs are going to be all bruised by the end of the week!