An Ode to Cinderella – Panto 2011
Our pantomime is over,
the 39th we’ve done!
“Cinderella” was the title,
and didn’t we have fun!
(Oh, no we didn’t…)
Our audiences love it,
when things don’t go quite right,
Let’s focus on the errors,
that happened every night.
Ad-libs there were a-plenty
from those women dressed as twins,
“What sort of man do you think I am?”
kept Buttons on his pins.
Did you know he’s won a prize?
The most exciting of things!
It’s sponsored by the firm Red Bull
It really gave him wings!
On Friday night alone…
We have to give a clap
Fourteen times his arms went up and down
- was he in a flap?
The costumes were amazing
many compliments came forth
I’ll bet you didn’t realise
that they can sew up North!
they all arrived en masse
June, in charge of costumes,
made comments – some quite crass!
The Sisters had been measured,
their sizes catered in
But compared to other dames
they were obviously thin!
The wigs set off the style
and history of the show
We even met a super-star,
called Amy, did you know?
Newcomers need a mention
let’s face it, even praise
Karen showed her ‘perfectness’
in all sorts of different ways…
To the point of obsession
I would cheer if she was late
Or her words were not quite perfect
she’s on my list of ‘hate’!
Gordon with his accent
played his dame with effeminate ways
He would act through position and gesture,
fix the audience with a gaze!
There was a line that he would say
the chorus were all in throes
In the back room they would all join in
“Yes, they’re called your toes!”
Sally has been on stage before I’m told
I must have been in a fog!
Disguised a little unwittingly
as the ‘World’s Tallest Dog’!?
But this year she was the Prince,
so regal and refined!
(Did you know that without her specs,
she’s practically blind!)
It’s time to make a mention
of the stalwart back stage crew
Each and every one of them
deserves a big “Yahoo!”
Because without their time and help,
little else would work its part,
So whatever role you played this year,
we thank you from our heart.
The props, the drops, the light and sound,
the door or selling tea,
The band, the dressers, make-up, wigs
really where would we be?
That ticket girl was pretty cool,
with dedicated might
Her box office phone a-ringing,
through the day into the night.
The chorus this year (of only 8)
sang out loud and strong
Only one thing held them back,
only one thing really went wrong…
They worked as a team together
to check that all were there…
Then you’d hear “Where’s Bill?”
ringing through the air.
Medusa – our darling Baroness –
left some things quite late,
In rehearsals, I was convinced
she’d be in a state!
When she made an exit –
I swore she didn’t know,
That really where she was headed
was where she was supposed to go!
One more person needs a mention
who stepped in to the light…
She covered for me (Twinkles)
during the day and once at night.
What a super Fairy
she learnt her lines in just one day
I really thank you very much
I don’t know what to say!
You helped me out – in times of need
I just can’t say enough!
But you deserve the headdress
as a memento (including fluff!?)
Sue and Chrissy know their stuff you know
they know just what they do!
They know the expectations,
they micro-manage this old crew!
They work so hard in the background,
they sit at the back of the hall…
So maybe it’s time to take our advice and
“Go and have a Ball!”