Guess what? It’s officially my favourite time of year! No, not Halloween! Not Bonfire Night! No, not even Christmas (although I do love Christmas, I do acknowledge that it is only just November…) No…. it’s Panto Season!
My name’s Ellie and this week I have the lovely job of letting you know what’s being going on in rehearsals for our next production, a brand new pantomime, Frosted. Being a lifelong panto lover I’m very excited to be part of a pantomime I’ve not performed in/seen performed before, especially as I get to play the role of Princess Ella – our magical ice princess! This is now my fourth show with SMP and, as ever, I’m loving every second.
Monday night saw us in the ever capable hands of choreographer extraordinaire, Miss Fay. Having (mostly) recovered from our spook-tacular SMP Halloween party on the previous Saturday we set about recapping all the dance numbers that have been set so far. This was a real treat for me in particular, as I haven’t been needed for dance rehearsals so far, so it was wonderful to see what everybody has been working so hard on! Needless to say, the dance numbers are all looking spectacular already. The second part of the rehearsal saw some of the chorus ladies dusting off their ballet shoes to set a number to a song I sing in Act 2. We’re lucky to have so many talented members in SMP and, thanks to Miss Fay and our four ballerinas, the finished result was absolutely beautiful. We also had a post-Halloween visit from our mystery black cat, who has already claimed the title of the most popular member of SMP.
Wednesday night was another busy night for all. Our fabulous Director and Chairman Luke continued to work on scenes with principals, which all guarantees a night filled with laughter for all involved. Meanwhile Mikey B, our marvellous MD, went through some of the duet and solo numbers in the show. I had a little sneaky listen in and can confirm that everything was sounding amazing already. Finally, Miss Fay was back, this time as co-costume mistress with her fellows costume magicians, Ellie and Debbie. I always LOVE trying on costumes for the first time, and I was super excited to get my first look at my Princess Ella dress – eeeeeeeeek! Putting together so many costumes for a show is such a mammoth task, and I know we are all eternally grateful for all the hours of work that our costume team put in.
As if all of that wasn’t enough excitement for one week, Saturday night saw lots of us celebrate the most joyous of all events – a wedding! Huge congratulations to our beautiful Stacy – who looked like an actual, real life princess – and her Prince Charming Scott, who we can now OFFICIALLY welcome into the SMP Family as a lifetime member!
So that’s all from me: make sure you don’t miss out on this truly magical pantomime!
Tickets for Frosted are now available to book.
Thurs 19th to Sat 21st January 2017 at 7.30 p.m. & Matinee on Sat 21st & Sunday 22nd January 2017 at 2.30 p.m.
** Sign interpreted performance on Sunday 22nd January 2017 **
£14 Full/£11 Concessions. Please ring 0844 414 2731 Or email SMPTickets@hotmail.com to book.
Online booking and payment is now available via our website www.smptheatre.co.uk