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Village Players would like to thank everyone who came and supported our latest production of Goody Two Shoes, the pantomime. We hope you all enjoyed the performances and would like to thank you for helping us raise money for our two chosen charities, Chernobyl Children and The Butterfly Project at Dundry Nurseries .

Our next production will be an evening celebrating the 90 year life of Her Majesty the Queen, with a meal provided and a pay bar available. Performances commence on Thursday 7th April and conclude on Saturday 9th April. Please watch the local notice boards for details on when tickets, which will be priced at £15.00, are on sale. This promises to be great evening and we hope you will join us to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90 glorious years.

Amy Parkin, Village Players Secretary

Goody Two Shoes  – The Panto – Elmore Village Hall Players Review

November/December 2015

This year’s pantomime was possibly the best ever.  The  script by Paul Reakes was a breath of fresh air;  a welcome change from the more traditional stories.  Nevertheless the success of this production was hard won:  three power cuts on the first night; a member of the audience collapsing on the second night; part of the scenery smouldering during the first matinee!  It says a lot for director Jo Fisher and her team, both on and off stage, that the show was such a success.

Casting of the main parts was spot on.  Sarah Younger was just right as the  glamorous but menacing baddie, ‘Septica’ whilst Amy Parkin and Liz Leonard  were well cast as her inept comedy sidekicks, ‘Rolo’ and ‘Polo’.   Andrew Hopton as the ‘Elf Cobbler’ managed to bring a whiff of Hans Christian Anderson to his role, whilst Dudley Ford made a welcome return to the Elmore stage as the slanderous  dame, ‘Molly Coddle’.  Sophie Gibson, perhaps in her first major role as her daughter,  ‘Goody’ sometimes looked a little nervous on stage but was helped along by a strong principal boy, Chloe Philp as ‘Simon’.  The village idiot with a heart of gold, ‘Teddy’ was a part made for Dan Lovell and he made the most of it.  A paragon of diction and projection, Colin Ellis was excellent as ‘Titus Titwad’ but the  Oscar this year  goes to Rachel Chamberlain .  It is often a mistake to adopt an accent or speech impediment but Rachel kept up her lisping, affected delivery very well throughout and this added considerably to her characterisation of the spoilt and manipulative child, ‘Cissie’.

None of this would have worked as well as it did without the  strong and imaginative direction of Jo Fisher.  After the interval the use of flickering lights and  cue cards, briefly taking us back to pre-talkie days, was inspired.  Was this Jo’s idea or was it in the script?  Either way it added to the fun, as did the later Benny Hill type chase scenes with appropriate music.  Once again the costumes were excellent and a credit to Marion Watts and her team.  What other small village production can boast such a wardrobe?  The pyrotechnics and lighting team also did an excellent job.  Altogether an enjoyable and impressive show.

THJ, December 2015