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MOTHER HUBBARD AND THE KING'S PANTALOONS
After the Christmas break, the cast of the CADS panto kick-started rehearsals again for this year's extravaganza. Mother Hubbard and the King's Pantaloons will be staged in Cley Village Hall on Thursday, Friday, Saturday of February 7th, 8th and 9th. The show starts at 8pm each night with a matinee on Saturday at 3pm. Tickets are £7 (children £3) and can be obtained from Made in Cley.
Friday night is Charity Night and this year's good cause is the East Anglian Air Ambulance. It takes £6million a year to keep the service running so please support it! Those who live in Holt may have seen it in action twice in the last few months as its helicopters landed dramatically in the town in answer to emergency calls.
The panto itself is shaping up well under the combined energies of Sheila Rudgley (writer and director), Elisabeth Rooke (musical director) and Janet Keymer (choreography).
The story line has raided various nursery rhyme themes and come up with a wacky amalgam of Goldilocks, Three Bears, Mother Hubbard plus the usual array of characters that typify the Cley panto: a wicked inventor (Graham Lewis) with a lovelorn assistant, Miss Frobisher (Kerri Clarke) and a half-witted, cross-dressing Boris (John Roebuck); a dotty royal couple (Di Garner and John Miekle) and a gang of villagers kept in line by a well meaning 'plod' (Pip Banham) who has his eyes on Mrs. Hubbard (Eileen Wright), while Mrs. Prim (Wendy Tully) eventually warms to Boris, or is it Doris?
Anne Pegg as The Dog yaps angrily and happily. Newcomer Wendy Metcalf pads around as Daddy Bear while Jo Davis, in her second panto, calms things as Mrs.Bear. Chloe Green is a Contrary Mary and Amalia Pollock as Baby Bear is suitably cute with Mel Mason as a dignified Herald.
Molly Banham (Goldilocks) and Kerri Clarke (Miss Frobisher) get into the mood at rehearsal.
As usual Howard Rooke and John Phelps supply the band and Gary Youngs has made sure the set does not fall down. The show is laced with a great selection of nearly a dozen songs; Elvis, Cliff, Status Quo, Bonnie Tyler, JessieJ, Cabaret... and more. The inclusive cast of all ages (10 years to 7 times that) is primed and eager to deliver.
Incidentally, congratulations go to Emily Youngs (the princess) who has won a sixth form drama scholarship to Gresham's and to Molly Banham (Goldilocks) who continues to pursue a successful Performing Arts course at Norwich College and did a spell at Thursford this Christmas.
So, raid the piggy banks and get down to Made in Cley or telephone them at 01263 740134.