Sleeping Beauty - An Ode
I’m warning you now – there’s plenty gone on
The spotlight won’t shine on everyone!
Time has run short for the writing of prose
I’m afraid it won’t mention all involved in the shows.
So if I forget please don’t take offence
I don’t want to make anyone feel tense
I just haven’t had time to sit down and type
I’m writing this late on Friday night!
(and early Saturday morning – as it goes!)
It’s 2009 and this years show
At first with audiences were on a ‘go slow’!
It took a while – in fact 3rd show in
For us to look out and see them grin!
Then full thrust ahead – with ad libs abounding
Some better than others – others astounding!
(Which scene are we in?)
There were other little slips that need a mention
Wrong sounds or lights raised levels of tension
UV lights that didn’t appear
And Bad Fairy no thunder at all I fear!
But that’s AmDram – all part of the fun
Well done still goes out to everyone!
The start of some songs were tricky to get
That ‘Together...’ would happen with echo effect
That Sweet Sixteen would catch us out
And the start of that Queen song would start with a shout!
Now was that the cast – who were being a bit slow?
Or was it down to the pianist – I really don’t know!
Normally reliable and steady as a rock
This year his rhythm has at times run amok!
(But we don’t know why! Oh no we don’t! )
The band need congratulating – guitar and percussion
But at times I did feel as if I had a concussion!
(Sound waves I think!)
The stitching girls have, with needle and thread,
Done wonders - and the wigs on our heads
The girls with all their make up in tins
Do really well to hide a multitude of sins!
We’re not getting younger – I’m sorry if that’s a shock
(Oh did you know Julie’s 50? Gosh – shouldn’t mock!)
There‘s rumours abound that the next panto should
Be called perhaps “OAPs in the Wood!”
Or “Snow White - the Sequel” or “Alladin the Man”
Watch this space I’m sure there’ll be some kind of plan!
I’m sorry it’s short – and I don’t mean to offend
If I’ve missed you I still want to be your friend!
But we all pulled together – backstage and out front
Let’s not mince words – let’s be really blunt
We do it ‘cos we love it – it makes us all smile
It’s really hard work but it’s worth that extra mile
When our audiences leave – full of elation
That’s when I’m proud of our group’s creation.
That’s where it’s different out front and out back
We’ve had the applause - the pat on the back
Whether its buttons or lights or teas or flats
Or tickets or doors or props or hats
But you back stage crew really should know
They’re clapping for you – without you - no show!
Now Chrissie and Sue – your praises we tell
Let’s face it – didn’t they do well!
It was close to the line but it did come together
They were there rain or shine whatever the weather
We did doubt ourselves early on in the show
Was it funny – we just didn’t know!
But everyone picked up and pulled out their best
We were simply putting Chrissie and Sue to the test!
Well done to the new ones – whatever your part
Do come back and join us – don’t leave it there
“New members required – we need men with hair!”
So raise your glasses – it has to be said
It’s time to put ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to bed!