Diana Parsmint (Jules Burgum) is released from prison and returns to the manor hoping to get a staring role in the film. Lady Teagle-Bland (Alison Merryweather-Clarke), beside herself with guilt confesses to the kidnapping. Belpull (Graeme Cranfield) all the while supporting Lady Teagle-Bland in her endeavours to protect the Shotover way of life. Foxy Foxton (Jaimie Bunting) once again providing us with his inevitable humorous involvement. We won't mention the Mushroom pie!
An outstanding cast played the two nights to a very happy audience and even the writer Roger Mathewson came along to see us.
Dick Whittington - Feb 2014 An old fashioned pantomime with the good and the bad, and of course they all live happily ever after, yes even the baddies. We start with young Dick (Emily White) being sent on his way to London where unbeknownst to him, he meets his greatest enemy, King Rat (Jaimie Bunting). Along the way Dick is helped by the kind people of London, and secures employment in the home of Sir Edward (Ryan Cooke). Here he falls in love with Alice (Phillipa Noble). Unfortunately his arch nemesis reappears and causes trouble. Poor Dick is sent far away on a mission to deliver some important papers. He has a great adventure and on his return and is reunited with his love. There is also a surprise for Dick’s Aunt Arabella (Alison Meryweather-Clarke) and watch out for a very cheeky cat, Jess (Kitty Taylor) along the way.
George the Gladiator - Feb 2013 The almost true story of the invasion of NorʼLye and how brave George stands alone against the might of the Roman army. Featuring a breathtaking chariot race and terrifying gladiatorial games. Eat your heart out Russell Crowe!
The Scarlett Pumpernickel - Feb 2012 Based in a French village, the local Mayor Gaston (Jaimie Bunting) is ousted from his position by Chauvelin (Olly Roy) the evil Director of Public Safety and his imbecile guards (Ollie Moss and Caitlin Garrison). The Scarlett Pumpernickel, who we find out is really Percy (Megan Wilks) saves the day and falls for the Comtess de boudouir, aka The Golden Gooseberry (Grace Harrison).
A cameo appearance from our regular Graeme Cranfied as the Duc in prison, together with a strangely haunted Chateau provided an interesting setting involving ghosts, skeletons and moving suit of armour. Lot's of songs, dancing and general frivolity ensued.
Collette (Anne-Marie Warner) and Alfie (Jake Woods) fell in love after Alfie tried to teach Collette a dubious Y-dance!
All of the above supported by a great chorus, featuring old and new, some surprisingly strong voices too.
Cause for Alarm
- June 2011 Adam Trellows (Peter
Ward) comes for a Health & Safety visit to the energy plant and
after a silly simple mistake some hillarious moments ensue.
Snow White - February 2011
Death in a Most Peculiar Manor - July 2010 Tomorrow is the glorious twelfth of August and at Shottover Park Sir Edwin Teagle-Bland is preparing for the first shoot of the season. His wife Wilhelmina is trying to carry on life in a normal way. Sir Edwin, however, does not know that his wayward son, Launcelot, has been sent down from University for taking part in protests for socialist democracy. At the same time, an American film producer, Todd Weinstein is visiting the manor to see whether it would make a suitable location for a period thriller. A young neighbour, Miss Diana Parsmint, has been invited for dinner. Lady Wilhelmina’s sister is a Hollywood actress, Emilia Whitehart, and Lady W. has returned from visiting her in the U.S.
Each of the characters has a secret: Sir
Edwin has a hidden side to him and is not the simple character
that he likes to portray. Lady W. has been having an affair with
Todd Weinstein while in the States and this is his real reason
for visiting the house. Or so she believes. But could it be that
he is in reality casing the joint with a view to stealing her
famous diamond tiara (the “teagle tiara”) which she was silly
enough to boast of when they met in America? Launcelot has run
up gambling debts while at Oxford and is desperate to inherit
the estate. He has also got Victoria pregnant but has no
intention of marrying her. Victoria the maid has lost her pet
mouse, Percy. She is currently engaged to Albert the footman and
he thinks that he is the father of her baby by immaculate
conception. Miss Diana Parsmint is being pursued by Sir Edwin.
Belpull the butler knows everything that is going on but says
nothing. He also has a secret. This knowledge gives him power
but also makes him vulnerable. T.J. Weinstein explains that he
has come to Shottover to view the house as a possible location
for his next film. He has in mind a gothic thriller in which a
Victorian boffin creates a mechanical creature to perform the
functions of a major domo.
Cinderella - February 2010
Wind in the Willows - July 2009 Mole has a sudden case of spring fever, gives up on his house-cleaning, and wanders in the fields and meadows. He finds himself by a river (he has been such a stay-at-home that he has never seen it before) and meets the Water Rat, who invites Mole onto his boat, something else he has never seen before. "Believe me, my young friend," Rat says dreamily, "there is nothing —absolutely nothing —half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats".
A world of friendships, the joy of carefree wandering, of picnicking, and playing has opened up for Mole. The Water Rat, the Mole and the Badger go to Toad Hall to try to help their friend Mr. Toad who has a bad habit of taking up new hobbies and abandoning them a short while later. He also has a penchant for fast cars and reckless driving. His irresponsible living and extravagance leads to the loss of his home to the barbaric weasels. Toad is always boasting of his adventures and in this tale he has quite a few. After escaping from prison, taking a fast train and a slow barge Toad returns to his three friends and they go into battle to regain Toad Hall.
I have had great pleasure in directing such
a lovely cast, they give up so much of their time to be able to
entertain you. Saturday morning rehearsals will never be the
same without a game of Wii tennis to finish with.
Aladdin - January 2009 Aladdin, the innocent son of a Chinese washer-woman, is tricked by the evil sorcerer Abanazar into retrieving a magic lamp from a subterranean cave. Aladdin is smart enough (or perhaps lucky enough) to realise the lamp’s power and win the hand of the beautiful Princess. The Princess, however, is dumb enough to hand the lamp straight back to Abanazar. It looks for a moment as if the forces of evil might win the day – but everything turns out all right in the end as Aladdin retrieves the lamp and defeats Abanazar in a battle.
Directed by Andrew Walter and Produced by
Steve Massie and supported by an on stage cast of 26, this was
another amazing production delivery involving interesting props,
including a mangle, a life size cut-out of a cast member and
even a swimming pool! Attended by over 300 patrons over 3
performances, the feedback gleaned from audience members was
wonderful. A big thank you to the audience too, who didn't let
us down, with all the booing and hissing and cries of 'behind
you'. A real community moment for the history books.
Produced by Nicky Walter and supported by
an on stage cast of 25 and our largest crew so far, this was a
fantastic combination of talent from our friends the St. Mary's
Choir and Windmill Players. We look forward to working closely
together in future productions.