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Monday, 18 January 2010

Yes, Its Pantomime Time!

Hello, I'm sorry to have kept you waiting for the answer to my 'Can You Guess' post last week!  Thank you for your comments and interest.  As you can see from the title its a Pantomime that I am in.  Our local society is putting on Dick Whittington and his Cat and it runs all of this week.  Although I live in quite a small village we put on a BIG Pantomime and the hall is packed out every performance with guests arriving from all over. 

I am just a teensy cog in a giant wheel, I  am in the Chorus and we have rehearsed every Sunday afternoon since last October (which is great for me because hubby cooks a fab roasty dinner for when I get in) . I have learnt 11 songs, 8 dances and 1 line lol!  the one line has caused me more butterflies than any of the rest.  

I expect some of you are not actually sure what Pantomime is -  its usually some kind of fairy story like Snow White or Jack and the Beanstalk and traditionally the main character is called the Principal Boy and is played by a girl!  the Dame is a very over the top character who wears outrageous costumes, wigs and make-up and is played by a man! the princess is played by a girl and there are numerous other characters, like the good fairy, the baddie and some kind of animal like a cow or a cat!  Pantomime always has a chorus (ours has about 20 people) who usually sing and dance and wear colourful costumes. It is full of silly jokes, slapstick and audience participation with cries such as "Its behind you!"

So there you have it, that is what I am up to this week and I have to say that even though I get quite nervous  I LoVe It!  I also have to tell you that this only the third year I have actually taken to the stage, before that I always did the make up for the cast members - but my friend and I decided to go for it and have fun and we haven't looked back.

So last week I gave you a glimpse of  my costumes, a standard villager costume and a variation on a hareem costume, hareem costume needed in Dick Whittington you ask?. anything is possible in Pantomime!

Sorry this is a pictureless post - can't find my piccies from last year and I havent had a chance to take any yet , its been so busy, but I didn't want to keep you waiting any longer! 

We have had the first performance yesterday and it went well.  There is no performance and then the show runs until the end of the week with two performances on Saturday.

Wish me luck - its amazing how difficult one line can be!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Speak soon xx



  1. Oh my goodness, I am so stupid not to think of this. I remember you saying about pantomine before as well. Please forgive me Kim, I should have got this.
    I hope everything goes well, you have got a lot of courage to stand in front of all those people! I know I couldn't do it. Well done to you! I'm so chuffed for you.
    I'm really pleased for you!
    Hugs and Love Suex

  2. Have a great time. No way could I stand in front of a crowd and do this. Believe it or not, I'm way too shy.

    Have fun

  3. We love panto too, ours begins this weekend but we are strictly audience only this year. Hope it all goes well -looking forward to the photos.

  4. Thanks for your good wishes I will think of them tomorrow evening when I am nervous waiting for the curtain to go up! x

  5. Wow!!! - what fun will be had. Definitely need photos - before, during and after

  6. Go for it Kim. Have fun . I'll be waiting for a full report WITH Pictures.
    I'm off for a few days so will catch up with you when I return

  7. this really sounds like a fun time, i can't wait for pictures!