Aladdin

December 2015 was a pantomime year for Exton and they most certainly did not disappoint!

The production Aladdin saw a cast of 14 principle characters and 6 child actors and dancers take to the stage in the city of Peking. There a poor laundry boy, Aladdin along with his mother Widow Twankee and his brother Wishee Washee are struggling to make ends meet while Aladdin dreams wistfully of marrying the beautiful Princess Jasmine. All the while the Wicked sorcerer Abanazar has other ideas of retrieving the magic lamp from the magic cave and ruling the world! Our heroes were more than a match for him as it turns out and as always Happily Ever After won out.

The performances were very well received as is evident by the review below of the production, which can be accessed via the link below:

http://www.extonvillagehall.uk/past-events.html

Cast:

Aladdin – Rachel Feeny-Williams

Princess Jasmine – Emma Flanagan

Widow Twankee – Les Richards

Wishee Washee – Rachel Pattison

Abanazar – Kevin Butler

Emperor – David Hacking

Empress – Anne Hacking

Suki – Hannah Edwards

Chop – Gloria McGinty

Suey – Lynn Spry

Genie of the Lamp – Brian Wood

Spirit of the Ring – Hannah Saunders

Carpet Hostess – Sharon Pagliero

Sandra, The Abominable Snowman – Chris Hoar

Children’s Chorus (Choreogrpaher – Hannah Saunders):

Abigail Pattison

Annabella Ward

Annabel Pagliero

Oscar Pagliero

Alice Rooke

 

 

Curtain Up

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March 2016 saw the first collaboration of Directorship in the form of Lynn Dunning and Pat Cusa directing Curtain Up.

The events unfold in a derelict theatre. We learn at the beginning of the play that Michael has left equal shares in the theatre to each of the women in his life. His daughter Theresa (Rachel Feeny-Williams), his ex-wife Pam (Emma Blasdale), his ‘Executive Assistant’ Sharon (Hilary Hoar), his mother Betty (Gloria McGinty) and his current girlfriend Jackie (Jenny Bolt) then set out tirelessly to save the theatre resulting in Pam performing as Liza Minelli.

Great fun was had by both cast and audiences alike in this production and in this case confirmed that two heads are better than one when those heads belong to Lynn & Pat!

Cast:

Theresa – Rachel Feeny-Williams

Pam – Emma Blasdale

Sharon – Hilary Hoar

Betty – Gloria McGinty

Jackie – Jenny Bolt

Stevey – John Sharples

A Fete Worse Than Death

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Summer 2016 saw Exton Drama Club’s first appearance as part of the Exton Village Fete. The Friday evening saw people gathering in the marquee in all sorts of fancy dress accustom with a fete (and a group of Morris dancers).

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The Exton Drama Club then brought several wild and wonderful characters to life in the depiction of the Littlehampton Village Fete that saw the demise of Reverend Smallpiece (Brian Wood) in what later became established as a sabotaged abseil decent. Each of the characters were interrogated by Sgt Foot (Les Richards) and Doctor Harriet Ffinch (Lynn Dunning) as well as being scrutinized by the audience but in the end the guilty part was revealed to be James Troughton (Rob Hatton), journalist for the local paper.

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His thirst for revenge following a leak of some personal information by the Reverend’s poisonous sister Florence Smallpiece ‘Flo’ (Rachel Feeny-Williams) led the journalist to commit this desperate act although there was no shortage of suspects at the time. The Reverend’s own wife Mary Smallpiece (Pat Cusa) was known to be a bit over friendly with the local member of the council John Forshaw (Kevin Butler). Not to mention the Reverend’s heavy handed attitude towards his wife had not gone un-noticed by his brother in law Sgt David Marsh (David Mclarin). The final cherry on the cake had to be the arrival of the Reverend’s estranged daughter, Tracey Morton (Jenny Bolt) that spun the respectable village fete to a scene of murder.

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However, in the end the sleuthing skills of the audience were spot on and Mr Troughton was led away to get his just desserts while the audience enjoyed a lovely supper courtesy of The Puffing Billy. All in all a wonderful evening which left our audience very much wanting more.

Cast

Reverend Smallpiece – Brian Wood

Mary Smallpiece – Pat Cusa

Florence Smallpiece – Rachel Feeny-Williams

Sgt David Marsh – David Mclarin

Tracey Morton – Jenny Bolt

James Troughton – Rob Hatton

John Forshaw – Kevin Butler

Dr Harriet Ffinch – Lynn Dunning

Sgt Foot – Les Richards

Wife Required

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October 2016 saw the directorial debut of member Rachel Feeny-Williams with the fast paced and witty, Wife Required. A completely sold out one night production, the play told the story of Henry Aspinall, a businessman who begins the play advertising for a ‘Wife Required’, much to the display of his assistant, Anna Gott, who is very much in love with him herself.

Hilarity ensues with the arrival of Henry’s first potential matches, Barney Dare. A brash and British explorer by trade, Barney is seeking a husband as more in a house keeper capacity while she is away on her troubles. Despite her best efforts to ‘get down to tin tacks’, Henry is not convinced and asks her to wait for him to decide.

Following this their arrived another woman, played by the director herself. A conversation of crossed wires follows, ultimately leading to Henry proposing. The horrified woman then reveals she believed she was there for a job interview, as it turns out she is in the wrong place!

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Shortly after her hasty departure, Miss Gott, tired of having her romantic wants unmet chooses to throw her own hat into the ring but is interrupted by the arrival of a third woman, Avalon Pippin. Avalon proceeds to tell Henry how she was brought to him by her spirit guide (Mirabelle) but Henry doubts the quality of Mirabelle’s work, leading Avalon to fall into a trance on Henry’s sofa.

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While trying to unsuccessfully arouse Avalon, Henry is interrupted by the return of the woman (known only as ‘The Girl’), who proclaims she has changed her mind on marrying him. However, never one to have his way, Henry mistakenly finds himself in an embrace with Avalon (as he has his eyes closed) and The Girl walks out of his life once and for all.

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A chase around the office and the return of both Barney Dare and Anna Gott leaves Henry cornered. That is, until the arrival of ‘An Elderly Lady’ reveals that not only has Henry agreed (in one way or another) to marry all three of the other ladies in the room but that he is also married already!

The atmosphere of the production was one of tickled humours and great appreciation when the production came to a close. Great fun was had by all!

Cast:

Henry Aspinall – Les Richards

Anna Gott – Hilary Hoar

Barney Dare – Pat Cusa

The Girl – Rachel Feeny-Williams

Avalon Pippin – Anne Hacking

 

 

Christmas Variety Show

Following on from the very successful Panto, Aladdin the year before, Exton concluded 2016 by producing a variety show bursting to capacity with talented individuals. From the rhyming mini production of ‘Snow White and the Seven Gnomes’ through to musical, dancing and acting segments of all types, this show truly did offer something for everyone. There was a lovely review posted for the show that truly summed up the experience.

http://www.extonvillagehall.uk/variety-show-2016-review.html

“The entertaining show contained two pantomime stories & a whole array of other acts, starting with an amusing introduction & jokes by compere Simon Bolt.
Music throughout was by Trevor Perkins on keyboard, his humorous ad-lib comments added to the fun.

The audience were treated to Snow White the Seven Gnomes (yes gnomes) an unusual short comedy version of the traditional pantomime show. This set the scene for the hilarious entertainment to follow and involved many children from the village.

The entertainment continued with a wonderfully varied programme.  Abigail and Rachel Pattison tumbled their way around the stage while Emily Pattison and Annabel Pagliero gave us several festive tunes on violin and flute. 

A trio of Exton’s leading ladies performed a rhyming comedy sketch where a customer tries in vain to buy lace in a department store and is wrongly directed by the assistants to every floor.  

The first half ended with Brian Wood and Eddie Genrey singing numbers from Flanders and Swann, ending with Flannagan and Allen’s Underneath the Arches.

Interval with hot mince pies, which were enjoyed by all.

The entertainment continued with a song and dance routine from Lynn Spry and accompanying chorus. Rachel Feeny-Williams then treated us to a cheeky version of a well known Victoria Wood song Lets do it. 

Next up were five actors with a very alternative version of Cinderella, the whole pantomime performed in one liners and with deadpan voices – very funny!
 
The Show ended with the full cast on stage singing the Tommy Steel classic Flash Bang Wallop. A great evening of fun entertainment had been enjoyed by all.  Exton has got talent.”

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The Murder is The Thing

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The Murder is The Thing (April 2017)

Cast (In order of appearance):                              Crew:

Sandra – Hilary Hoar                                                  Stage Manager – Helen Murphy

Detective Jane Pierot – Emma Blasdale                  Prompt – Pat Cusa

Mrs Levington – Gloria McGinty                              Lighting & Sound – Simon Bolt

Carla – Rachel Feeny-Williams

Jack Leyton – Sean Murphy

Exton’s latest production of “The Murder is The Thing” saw them showcasing the work of one of their existing members, Rachel Feeny-Williams. This one act told the tale of Jane Pierot (pronounced Poirot), a retired interior designer turned private detective. Detective Pierot has run the only private detective agency in the quiet town of Catesbury-With-Worth for nearly three years without a single case, much to the annoyance and frustration of her secretary, Sandra. That is until one day the mysterious Mrs Levington arrives in the office seeking help to find her missing husband. With the help of retired Seargent of the local police, Jack Leyton, Detective Pierot and Sandra work tirelessly to discover the truth of the case, only to discover Mrs Levington was in fact Jane’s estranged wife, Harriet!

The play ran on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th April 2017 and received many compliments from audience members, particularly regarding the fact that the play was rehearsed in six weeks and written in five days!

The play has now moved on from Exton and is being portrayed by the Broadclyst Theatre Company on 28th & 29th July so keep an eye out for ticket news. In addition there is also word of it’s entry to the Exmouth One Act Play festival in 2018.

Watch this Space!