Friday 2 June at 7.30
“Once Upon a Labrador” is an evening of humour with Charles Garland and Alfie. This is a fundraising event for the new Greenroom building.
Recorded cameo music by Rick Wakeman, with occasional extracts from the book “My Labrador Eats Poo”.
Directed by Sam Snape
Charles Garland is a writer and composer, television producer and director. His performing career began at Birmingham Repertory Theatre as a dancer in a musical, and ended at The Old Vic Theatre as actor / musician in a production of Dickens’ Great Expectations.
Soon after, Charles joined the BBC, as assistant to Sir Jonathan Miller for a new production of Cosi Fan Tutte. Following that, he worked on shows such as Blue Peter; three Royal Variety shows; sketch and variety shows, including The Paul Daniels Magic Show as well as dramas and a stint as director of Top Of The Pops.
Sitcom became a major part of his working life, with Terry and June; Joint Account; and Last Of The Summer Wine as assistant producer, and assisting David Croft OBE, on Hi-De-Hi!; ‘Allo ‘Allo! ;You Rang, M’Lord? and Oh, Dr Beeching! as producer.
Next, over a three year period, Charles re-edited most of the classic comedy archive for the BBC, including Dad’s Army; Are You Being Served?; Steptoe and Son; Porridge; The Good Life and more.
Having left the BBC, Charles is now freelance, and going back to his roots with his book of ‘whimsical verse’ entitled ‘My Labrador Eats Poo’ (not quite as disgusting as it sounds) illustrated by Harry Venning, and this stage show, which features Charles, and his Labrador Alfie.
Pantomime audition dates – all held at the theatre:
- Sunday 11 June – 2pm / 7pm – please book a slot
- Monday 12 June – 7:30pm – please book a slot
- Sunday 18 June – 7pm – open auditions
- Monday 19 June – 7:30pm – open auditions
Dick Whittington – By Peter Denyer
December 12 – 16 including a Saturday matinee
- King /Queen Rat – M/F – an imposing presence, requiring a strong actor, can be played “straight” baddie!
- Dick Whittington – principal boy/girl – must have charm, talent and energy, starting sweetly and ending with hero status!
- Idle Jack – the comedy part, age not important, this role employs crooked logic and story-telling capabilities as well as being comfortable engaging directly with the audience.
- Sarah the Cook – Dame (ideally) – a great all-rounder who can act, sing, dance and be a comedian. A big, bright, bold character!
- Alice Fitzwarren – principal girl – a good actress, this role is a quick-witted and street-wise London girl with a sense of adventure.
- Fairy Bow Bells – a kind of fairy godmother, ideally a strong singing voice.
- Tommy the cat – non speaking – this actor/actress should be able to be understood by the audience by only meowing! Central to the whole story, must have a strong friendship rapport with Dick.
- Alderman Fitzwarren – a warm an generous man with Alice as his daughter, must be strong enough to weight the dramatic scenes well.
- Captain Cuttle – should be a strong singer with a good sense of comic timing to ensure he can carry the show in certain moments.
- The Sultan of Morocco – not a large part but nicely showy-offy, the performance should be big and bold and the actor shouldn’t be afraid of an outrageous accept. Subtlety not required here!
- Gnawbone – a rat lieutenant, & Gnashfang – another rat lieutenant – villains with two short scenes, could be male or female. Distinct rat movements and ensuring the audience hate them is important!
- King Neptune – optional – to be played seriously, a mysterious character.
- Sailor 1 & Sailor 2 – well, they are sailors, any age, male/female!
Rehearsals are usually 1 evening per week (to be determined by majority vote & availability) and Sunday afternoon/evenings. Likely to run from mid-September, with additional hours near to opening.
The origins of the story of “Dick Whittington” will not be found in any book of fairy tales. The pantomime is the only one based on a true subject. There actually was a Richard Whittington, and he did become (Lord) Mayor of London in the late 14th and early 15th centuries.
Dick Whittington is a poor boy who has travelled to London to seek his fame and fortune. He has been told that “The streets are paved with gold”. He arrives penniless, and without a friend in the world.
In the pantomime it is often the Fairy – Fairy Bowbells who introduces “Tommy” the cat to Master Whittington. He now has a true friend, but what he and Tommy want most is to earn an honest living.
Dick Whittington and Tommy the Cat steal on board the ship as stowaways, to seek their fame and hopefully their fortune. A great storm brews up. The ship is in danger and the characters are washed ashore-bedraggled, wet and lost. The Dame, Idle Jack, the Captain and the Mate, and finally Dick and Tommy arrive safe and sound.
Will Dick find any treasure on the island? How will they get back to London? And will Dick marry the princess or the girl-next-door?
Join us and you’ll find out… Oh, yes you will!
Take a look at what NODA thought of our last pantomime, Cinderella – http://www.nomadtheatre.com/noda-review-cinderella/
Directed by Andrew Hamel-Cooke
Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 November at 7.45, matinee on Saturday at 2.30
Auditions for males, 20-30 playing age are still open!
Contact Andrew by email: [email protected]
A comedy by Brandon Thomas set in Oxford in 1882, this English farce follows the hilarious events that arise when two students, Jack and Charles, use the excuse of the imminent visit of Charley’s aunt Donna Lucia to invite their young ladies to their rooms.
Director Andrew Hamel-Cooke‘s most recent productions include Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and The Pajama Game (in association with Bookham Light Operatic Society). See the Reviews page for more!