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Monday 3 December 2018

'Twas the Eve Before Press Night...


'Twas the Eve Before Press Night
By Rachel Osborne (Marketing and Education Officer)


‘Twas the eve before press night, and all through the Arts,
Impatience was building for gala to start.

The cast were all nestled, asleep in their beds,
Whilst echoes of boos and cheers chimed in their heads;
Aladdin dreamt deeply of winning his prize,
Our beautiful princess -a sight for sore eyes!
The Genie sang sadly whilst squashed in his lamp,
Wishing that someone would help cure his cramp.

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Wednesday 28 November 2018

Aladdin Behind the Scenes: The Technical Get-In!


Monday marked the start of the Technical get-in for our Christmas pantomime Aladdin, where our fantastic Tech team work around the clock to fix dozens of lights, build numerous sets and prep the stage ready for 64 panto performances! Once the stage is ready, our cast, in-house band and Panto Babes come flooding in, and that's when our spectacular Christmas panto really comes to life. 

We thought you'd like a sneak peek of how our auditorium looks mid-way through this busy week in the Arts Theatre calendar...  

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Tuesday 20 November 2018

A Day in the Life of... A Pantomime Writer!


This week we sat down with our pantomime script-writer Al Morley, and picked his brain about all things panto in the first of our A Day in the Life of... blog series! Aladdin is Al's fifth pantomime script, and having worked as a permanent member of Arts Theatre staff for twelve years, it's safe to say he knows his stuff...

Describe your pantomime role in three words?

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Monday 27 November 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk Behind the Scenes: The Technical Team Get-In!


This week is a very exciting week... Pantomime season is almost upon us and our spectacular family pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalkopens on Thursday!

This week marks the start of our in-house tech rehearsals, where our technical and stage team work tirelessly to piece together the stage and set, assemble lights, place instruments in the orchestra pit and bring all of the props and costumes together under the theatre roof. 

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Wednesday 15 November 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk Behind the Scenes: Panto rehearsals begin!


On Monday morning Jack and the Beanstalk rehearsals kicked off with a bang! The cast, crew, production team and Arts Theatre staff joined together for the first read through of the script - a favourite date in the pantomime calendar for many of us!

The script read through begins rehearsals every year, and it's a great chance for the whole Arts Theatre pantomime company to meet (over some classic panto jokes!) before a busy, fun and joyful festive period!

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