Ed Petrie

Sat 14 Dec – Jack and the Beanstalk, New Brighton

With 4 shows under our belt that couldn’t have gone better in my wildest dreams (especially when you consider that just over 2 weeks ago we hadn’t even started rehearsals) today was the day that strikes fear into the heart of insecure luvies everywhere – press day. Luckily we had the 2 o’clock show to warm up, and very well it went too. It was the first time we’d had a lot of families in, who will be the mainstay of our audiences once the school shows are over.

Backstage we have a monitor that shows what the musical director is getting up to in “the pit”, and the camera pointing at his face also captures some of the people sitting behind him. I got a tingle down my spine looking at every generation of one family sitting in a row, all seemingly having a great time shouting out the traditional panto nonsense, just as I did with my parents and grandparents 25 years ago. When you think that this is the first time that some of these kids have ever been in a theatre, and that it could be the start of a love for it that will last the rest of their lives, I feel very honoured to be a part of it.

Luckily the evening show went just as well. In fact, I think it was the best one so far, so if any of the reviewers don’t like it then there’s not much more we could have done. One of my friends came this evening and he said he’d never seen people dancing in the aisles of a theatre at the end of a show before. As far as I’m concerned, if they’re doing that then I think we’ve done our job!

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