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This year, inspired by an unbelievably lucky gift of props and costumes from a London show (The Woman In White), we headed full-tilt for a Victorian frolic with our pantomime version of “A Christmas Carol”. We wallowed in all the Dickensian clichés: cheeky kids, fainting ladies, misers and benefactors, harsh weather outdoors and dingy drapes within. Victorian Gothic styling demands an atmosphere of foggy streets dimly lit by streetlamps, with shadowy corners to hide the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future as they head to Scrooge’s dismal home.
“Oh will we be miserable?”
“ Oh no, you won’t!”
Obviously this tale is not always very cheerful, although it has the traditional happy ending we need. To offset the gloom, we brought in a bit of the seasonal jollity Dickens himself so excelled at. All helped along by music from the Pantones, our house band, and classic pantomime essentials such as local jokes, cross-dressing characters and a fabulous singing turkey.
As usual we made fun of the story, and fools of ourselves, while trying to create a full-on Christmassy Pantomime, our 7th production in Cumnor Village Hall.
Profits from the show will be donated to Cumnor Primary School and Cumnor Pre-School.
A Cumnor Christmas Carol cast and crew take a break during rehearsals
This year's shows took place on Thursday 5th (7.30 pm), Friday 6th (7.30 pm) and Saturday 7th (2.00 pm and 7.00 pm) December 2013 at Cumnor Village Hall.
A note from the Director
Those of you who have been involved with our previous Panto productions will be more familiar with me organizing events behind stage, whilst those of you who have seen our shows will most likely not have seen me! But this year, with a role to be filled, I decided it was time to step out of the shadows and into the world of dimly lit Victorian streets and iconic characters- the world of Dickens- and take on the challenge of directing Cumnor’s very own take on A Christmas Carol! I have long been a fan of Dickens’ stories, Carol in particular, and indeed played a street urchin in a stage production then directed by my father… in a Christmas past, many years ago, I hasten to add. As such, I will look to be faithful to the original story yet still bring in the twists and turns of classic British panto: cross dressing, audience banter, a big-bosomed Dame and as many corny and occasionally risqué jokes we feel we can allow. All this embellished with Cumnor’s very own touches- quality live music, fabulous costumes, stunning scenery and festive bar. We shall meet miserly Scrooge and his ghoulish antagonists, the loveable Crachits, mucky faced urchins and the carol singing Company. So, I invite you to join us on a journey to Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come as we measure the miser’s meanness, marvel at Marley’s diminishing manhood and take pity on Bob Cratchit’s limp tiny Tim…!
Director, A Cumnor Christmas Carol