2000: Panto - Sing a Song of Sixpence
Photos by:
Godfrey Partridge

Sing a Song a Sixpence
written by Norman Robbins,
directed by Liz Taylor.

Sing a Song of Sixpence is a pantomime on conventional lines with a dame, wicked witch, good fairy, haunted bedroom, and knockabout scenes, contemporary songs to choice, references to local names, etc., but based on the less usual story of the four-and-twenty blackbirds baked in a pie. When the King's magic crown is stolen his kingdom is reduced to destitution, and it looks as if evil has conquered good, but the handsome Prince Valentine is finally triumphant.

Welcome to our pantomime for the year 2000. To mark the new millenium we are holding a special Gala Night on Thursday 27th January from which all profits will be donated to a local charity. If you are attending this Gala Night please linger after the show to share drinks and 'nibbles' with members of cast and crew.

My thanks go to all who have worked so hard for this pantomime especially Phil Le Cheminant, our very talented Musical Director, and to Sheila Hardiman, my Assistant Director, who has kept me organised, a very hard job, throughout the whole production period.

Please extend a big welcome to our new members making an appearance on our stage for the first time. Sit back and enjoy the fun of pantomime!!!!

Liz Taylor

The Court Chamberlain ... Derek Marks
Queen Dilly of Utopia ... Jan Bradshaw
Prince Valentine ... Glen Partridge
Princess Rosemary ... Jackie Folkes
Simple Simon ... Wayne Bradshaw
Dame Durdon ... Colin Davey
Witch Watt ... Margaret Skipper
Fairy Gossamer ... Maria Gray
Flip & Flop ... Liz Taylor & Dave Wilkins
King Ferdinand IV ... Andrew Craddock
Lucy, The Maid ... Jane Osmond
Zorika, The Gypsy Princess ... Susannah Dee
Old Meg ... Norma Hester
Rollo, The Gypsy King ... Roger Hester
Squint, A Bloodthirsty Gypsy ... Godfrey Partridge

Junior Chorus
Emily Dunbar (Blackbird), Tabitha Higgins (Blackbird, Demon), Christine Hogan (Blackbird, Demon), Barry Hogan (Blackbird), Kimberley James (Demon), Heather King (Blackbird), Thomas Moth (Ghost), Bobby Spurrier (Demon) .

Adult Chorus
Sorrel Brady-Roche, Susannah Dee, Sian Hayden, Norma Hester, Roger Hester, Lesley James, Maureen Locks, Lindsay Mizen, Godfrey Partridge, Gillian Payne, Kim Pritchard, Sue Revell, Claire Revell.

Directed by Liz Taylor
Production Assistant - Sheila Hardiman

For the Company
Musical Director ... Phil Le Cheminant.
Stage Manager ... Marianne Potts
Assistant Stage Manager ... Janet Ransom
Production Assistant … Joy Mathieson
Lighting ... Alec Ransom,
Lighting Assistant ... Pete Mathieson
Costumes ... Karen Godden,
Costumes ... Diana Mills.
Front of House Manager … Geoff Dodsworth
FOH Assistants ... Marilyn Dunbar, Merle Davey, Sheila Hardiman

Act 1 Scenes:
The Village Square
The Witch's Lair
The Royal Bakery
A Corridor in the Royal Palace
The Great Banqueting Hall
A Corridor in the Royal Palace
The Haunted Bedroom

Act 2 Scenes:
The Village Square
Outside the Village
The Gypsy Encampment
A Quiet Glade
The Witch's Lair
A Road through the Mountains
The Rock of Eternity
A Corridor in the Royal Palace
The Throne Room of the Palace

George Hayter, Eastleigh Weekly.

Best place for panto? Chameleon Theatre in Chandler's Ford is still in the running for that title. Its current production, Sing a Song of Sixpence, contains little of the toe-curling embarrassment often associated with amateurs trying to be funny. Few of Chameleon's panto stalwarts are taking part this time. Amazingly, the clean sweep has made little difference to Liz Taylor. As director, she has found fresh talent with the confidence that allows punters to relax add enjoy themselves. Take Dave Wilkins. Last time he trod the boards in Hursley Road, he was reading from a book drafted in to read a part at short notice. This time he was one of a pair of clowns, and drew the most applause and the loudest laughter. The audience loved his clumsiness and idiotic shouting. Jan Bradshaw was hilarious as the queen. Nothing was held back by Colin Davey who, as the dame, put eggs into a cake mix without removing them from the box. Colin, with Wayne Bradshaw as Simple Simon. Long-suffering Andrew Craddock had something of a bank manager about him, as the mild-mannered and likeable king. His majesty's righthand man, Derek Marks, used his gravelly voice to Shakespearian effect. Kim Pritchard (15), of Toynbee School, delighted as the gypsy princess, despite taking over the role only three weeks ago.
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