2014 is now upon us and the Long Marston & Puttenham Horticultural Society celebrates the new year in the usual fashion by staging our annual pantomime. With the considerable talents of our director/creator, Neil Gurney, who comes to us fresh from directing a very successful production of ‘Dr Doolittle’ at Pendley starring Alan Munt in the title role, we are presenting ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the Victory Hall in Long Marston on 20-22 February during the half-term holiday. This year, all performances will start at 7:30 with a children’s matinee on the Saturday afternoon. It is our 27th production and we will also be joined on stage by a very special guest for the children. Tickets are currently on sale in the Queens Head, Long Marston, the Wilstone Village Shop and Mead’s Farm Shop on Icknield Way. They are also on sale on Sunday afternoons from 2pm at Long Marston Victory Hall or by calling Kathy Sartin on 01296 662734. With something for all the family, this traditional pantomime is a must and we look forward to seeing you there.
With this being a totally amateur production, in addition to being put through our paces on stage by Neil, we also create our own sets, make our own props and costumes, and ensure the paying public have a thoroughly enjoyable night out via our front-of-house team. In order to do this, volunteers are actively sought to come and join our group, from wielding a paint brush on Sundays at Wilstone Village Hall to helping sell raffle tickets or serve drinks on the night. With 10 members of the chorus this year, we are especially looking for people who can help create and sew costumes for them. We welcome anyone who would like to help in any capacity. Please contact Vicky Hayes on 07855 369515 for more details.
Article by Toby Davidson.
Tickets will be on sale from Monday 20th January 2014.
Tickets From: The Queen’s Head, Long Marston; Wilstone Village Stores or Mead Farm Shop, Wilstone, or Sundays 2 – 5pm at the Victory Hall.
Enquiries: 07855 369515
Please note that the evening performances now start at the earlier time of 7.30pm.
Sunday 24th November at 7.30pm
Long Marston Village Hall
Would YOU like to be involved in next year’s Pantomime?
(20th, 21st & 22nd February 2014)
We are always in need of more volunteers, so PLEASE come along to this short meeting, during which you can put your name forward to help in any of the following teams: front of house (selling refreshments, raffle tickets, programmes, etc.) costumes, props, scenery painting or construction, backstage crew and make-up.
Neil will also be casting the Pantomime, so if you are interested in actually appearing on stage, please be brave and come along. After all, if there is not a part suitable for you in this Pantomime, there’s always next year!
(We don’t start working on the Pantomime until January – only 7 weeks from start to finale – so your Christmas and New Year celebrations will not be affected)
Would you like to help, but can’t attend this meeting?
Contact Vicky Hayes on 07855 369515
TO ALL LOCAL CHILDREN AGED 8 TO 14 YEARS:
FOR THE CHILDREN’S CHORUS OF NEIL GURNEY’S “SLEEPING BEAUTY”
will be held in Long Marston Village Hall
on SUNDAY 24th NOVEMBER at 6.30pm.
** PARENTS MUST ALSO ATTEND**
Priority will be given to children living within the catchment area of (or attending) Long Marston School.
PERFORMANCES WILL BE IN LONG MARSTON VILLAGE HALL ON:
20th, 21st & 22nd February 2014. (Dress rehearsal: 18th Feb.)
Children’s rehearsals start on Sunday, 5th January 2pm – 5pm and continue
every Sunday until the performances.
There will be only SIX rehearsals before the Technical and Dress Rehearsals and LOTS of songs & dances to learn, so you must be prepared to work very hard and concentrate during rehearsals.
ALL children must be able to attend ALL rehearsals
PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: ~
Be prepared to help with the children during at least 2 rehearsals and 1 performance.
The Dress & Technical rehearsals may finish very late at night. The performances finish 10.30 – 11pm.
For more information, contact Vicky Hayes on 07855 369515
We have now heard from our esteemed pantomime creator, Neil Gurney, who has agreed to do it again next year! Neil has been very busy recently and is currently directing a production of ‘Doctor Doolittle’ at the Pendley Theatre in Tring from 13-16th November with Pantomime regular Alan Munt in the title role which I am very much looking forward to seeing. With flower arranging shows in the local area on top, we are very grateful for his time and expertise.
The pre-panto meeting has been set up for Sunday 24th of November in Long Marston village hall where auditions for next year’s chorus will take place at 6:30pm. Neil and the panto team are keen to encourage young talent to take part in the show by joining the chorus so I encourage all would-be James Arthur or Little Mix to come and have a go!
Being involved in panto is hard work but most rewarding. There are a variety of jobs to suit all tastes from selling ice creams to making costumes as well as lots of painting! As we don’t start until the New Year, Christmas Festivities will not be affected and you only have to help us on Sundays that suit you. I would encourage anyone who is interested in helping us come to the hall at 7:30pm to meet the team.
The month of November is upon us and that gives us the last major public events before Christmas! I for one have already got my poppy in support of those who died in the two world wars and beyond – something that should be marked with dignity. It is also becoming poignant with the 100th anniversary of the start of the start of the First World War next year.
However, the main focus of our group will be assisting the Village Hall committee at their annual fireworks display on the 2nd. We are blessed in the village with a complete pyromaniac whose displays over the years have been nothing short of brilliant every time! Then combine that with a large bonfire and a full concessions stall offering burgers, sweets and the obligatory mulled wine. This year we are once again setting up on Old Tom’s field on the edge of Long Marston (heading towards Wingrave) and hope for a dry evening and a good turnout from the local area. Please however remember that there is no parking on the field (bar yellow badge holders).
Article by Toby Davidson.