News Archive for 2010
Robin Hood - Panto 2010 Update
This years Panto is now well underway in rehearsals. It is shaping up to be our usual very good
show, with all the usual Panto fun, glitz and Razzmatazz. Don't miss it!!
Robin Hood is a home written panto which follows the original story line but has a few new
characters and one or two surprises!!! It is full of original songs and will provide plenty of fun
for all the family!
Please note the new dates for this show:
Monday 6th - Wednesday 8th December incl.
Friday 10th and Saturday 11th December.
Tickets for this production are available from our usual outlets;
Roadwater stores - 01984 640296
Valiant Soldier - 01984 640223
Washford Post Office - 01984 640349
Tina's Hair Fashions - 01984 632341
Toucan Whole foods (Minehead) - 01643 706101
Any queries regarding this show please contact Allan Prentice on 01984 640294
Phoebe Rees Awards 2010
A very glamorous and merry band of Players attended this years annual SFD Phoebe Rees awards on
the 23rd October 2010 at Taunton Racecourse. A good time was had by all despite an unjustified lack
of prizes and nominations! Below are a couple of pictures from the evening. Well done to all those
who attended and well done to all those involved in 'The Hollow' - it was yet another remarkable
production on our tiny stage. It was a credit to our society!
Brenda Mandziej, Bill Tindall, Jennifer Hand and Neil Wilson (glass
in hand!!) at this years Phoebe Rees Awards night.
Bill Tindall, Venetia Moore and Allan Prentice strutting their
stuff on the red carpet!!
New Page Added to this Site
You will see from your navigation bar that I have added a page to the site titled 'Who's in
what'. If anyone has a better name for it let me know and I will change it. Basically this page is
for members to let other members know of shows they are working on with other groups. It is always
nice to support fellow members in other productions so this will hopefully be a good resource for
people to catch some other great entertainment.
Please email me
any relevant info for me to include on this page!
AGM 20th July 2010
23 Members attended this years AGM. Subs are due now, so if you want to continue
receiving info and newsletters then please contact Bill Tindall, Nancy Marshall or Allan Prentice
either by phone or email.
Patrick and Simon have stepped down from the committee and received long service
certificates from Roadwater Players in recognition of their years on committee. Both have signed up
for this years panto in sundry guises.
Jackie Heard and Chris Marshall have replaced them, being the only other
Allan, Nancy and Bill continue as officers for the next 12 months with Ben L, Brenda
and Sarah serving another year also.
News Archive for 2009
SFD Training Days
There is a new Training Page on the SFD website, with details of upcoming training courses which
might interest you. In the next few weeks there is a NODA-sponsored 'Tailormade Weekend' in Frome
on June 19th/20th and a 'Practical Make-up Course', tutored by Sandra Huxtable, at Puriton Village Hall
on Saturday July 3rd. Bookings now being taken.
There is also news about the Original Playwriting Competition which is for writers from anywhere in the
Southwest, and a new Masterclass on Pantomime from Ron Roberts.
And in case you haven't seen them yet, there are a good selection of photos taken at the Cinderella
Awards evening in May posted on the SFD Cinderella Galleries and a link to Photobox which will
enable you to order any that you want hard copies of.
Have a look - www.somersetdrama.org.uk
A small but keen band of Players trundled along to the Westlands Centre in Yeovil for this years
Cinderella Trophy Presentation night on 15th May. A lot of hard work and sweat and toil went into this
years show, 'Aladdin' and on the night we were duly rewarded with some great awards. Top billing was
Allan Prentice, who won the award for the Best Original Script. This was Allan's first effort at
writing and it paid off when he scooped this top award. Another winner on the night, although he was
present to bathe in his glory, was Benedict Lintott who won the award for Best Male Goodie, following
his disturbingly camp portrayal of the Genie!
Also nominated on the night were the following; Best director - Allan Prentice, Best Male Villain -
Simon Passmore, Best Original Costume - Sarah Kingsford and Best Brokers Men - Jackie Evans and Oliver
Lintott. Oliver was also successful in the category of 'Star of the Future'. Well done to all involved.
Anyone wanting to organise a bus for next years extravaganza must come forward so that we can increase
the numbers of people attending this event and up our profile!!
Well done to all concerned with this show. It went down very well and despite the disjointed
performance schedule it was extremely professionally put on and was well received. Congratulations to
Sarah for bringing it all together so seamlessly - and we even made a small profit which is unusual for
a Roadwater Spring Play!!
The D.V.D has arrived courtesy of Steve. Steve only had time to do one shoot and this was on the
first night ( there is a bit of background noise unfortunately). However, people on stage can be heard
quite clearly and although it's not the best D.V.D he has produced (his words, not mine) if you were in
the show it is a lovely keepsake. I think he is asking about £6-00 so if you want a copy please let
Allan Prentice know a.s.a.p. (Tel 01984 640294)
AGM 2009 - 14th July
This years AGM passed off without any hitches. Sarah Kingsford was elected onto the committee to
replace Marilyn Rowe who opted to stand down. Many thanks to Marilyn for her hard work, and
congratulations to Sarah. Since the AGM Nancy has been elected as our new rep for the Village Trust
Committee and Brenda has been elected to be Vice Chairman of the Players Committee.
Please remember that if not already paid, your subs are now due!!
At the AGM Dennis Evans and Gill White were made Honourary Life Members of the Players, as
recognition for their many years of involvement with the Players both on and off the stage.
Congratulations to both!!
Spring Play 2010 – As usual we are looking for suggestions/directors for next years Spring Play.
Please come forward asap if you are interested. Please contact Allan Prentice.
Panto 2009 - 'Aladdin'
Well this years panto was a roaring success. Well done to Allan and his team for putting on a great
show. We had good sized audiences all week, and they were treated to the usual high standard of acting,
singing and dancing, not to mention the superb Passmore special effects!
We are still awaiting the adjudication of this show which has been held up for various reasons. As
soon as it becomes available we will make sure those that need a copy will get one.
Spring Play 2009 - 'Shakers' and 'Bouncers'
As you'll be aware from the last couple of newsletters the Spring Play this year is in June - and
it's two plays. Bouncers and Shakers are award winning plays from the Hull Truck Theatre Company
and present slices of life in cocktail bars and nightclubs. The actors take on a range of parts in
roles that are challenging. Patrick Daley is directing Bouncers, Bill Tindall is directing Shakers.
Rehearsals are reaching a frenzied climax and both sets of actors are having great fun.
These are adult comedies and, as one might expect contain explicit
language. So come and join us at the village hall between 17 and 20
There was the usual good turnout for the annual skittles night, and crackshot Brenda Mandziej
finally ended the Daley's domination of this event by winning the killer game! Thanks to all those
involved with the organising of this event.
Cinderella Trophy Awards Night
A group of us went to the Cinderella Awards on Saturday 16th May at the Westlands Centre.
Janet Grieve, beautifully accompanied by Mo and with Jennifer, Brenda, Nick and Oliver delicately
lobbing roses in her direction in the graveyard, treated the 500 or so punters to her uniquely
off-tune version of "Some Enchanted Evening". It was received in a most
satisfactory manner. It brought the house down, the host for the evening commented afterwards.
Naturally our entry, the wonderfully different Dracula's Christmas, broke new ground in terms of
pantomime and there were, quite simply, not enough categories for some of our eccentric and unusual
We did however receive a number of mentions in the category Stars of the Future:
Astrid Davis, Darcy Allan, Sam Chinn,
Oliver Lintott, Alice Knight and Jim Bassett,
Jenny Bradbury was nominated for Best Principal Boy ( or Macho Man).
Mo Best received a nomination for her music.
But the highlight of our evening was Nick Wilson's nomination in the Best Animal category
and yes - woof woof - he won the trophy. A star of the evening as well as the future.
So CONGRATULATIONS, NICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Best wishes one and all and remember we are already looking towards this year's panto.
News Archive for 2008
Dracula’s Christmas was a huge success for the Players. Put on in the second week of
December, it played to good houses every night with the usual sellouts on Friday and Saturday. Well done to
all involved. It was well received by the adjudicator and hopefully in due course it will receive some of
the recognition it deserved. Well done especially to Katherine Kingsford for her imaginative original
script, and of course to Sarah Kingsford who did a fabulous job of direction despite her dodgy hip! The
adjudication is available for those that haven’t seen it yet – contact Bill Tindall if this is the case,
although we all felt it was pretty uninformative and didn’t tell us much we didn’t know already!!.
During the Panto we raised £393.20 for St Margaret’s Hospice from the proceeds of the raffle. This is as
usual a great effort. The Panto itself seems to have made a big profit, but as yet we don’t have an exact
figure. This will follow in due course. A DVD of the show has been produced by Steve Eggar, it costs £7 and
to get your copy you will need to contact Steve directly.
Gammer Gurton's Needle; May 21st to 24th
Rehearsals for this year’s Spring play are going very well. The standard of performance is as high as
ever although the cast have had to work pretty hard on their accents! It will certainly be ready in
time for opening night. Many thanks to Patrick Daley who took on the part of the Curate in spite of
having a heavy work-load directing “The Owl and the Pussy-Cat” at the Regal, with equal thanks to
Richard Beavan who has done a great job of “reading in” in Patrick’s absence. Geoff is especially
pleased with the very accomplished singing from Allan Prentice, Ben Horrobin, Chris Marshall and Mickie
Ritchie in her first acting role with the Players.
Posters are out and tickets are on sale from the usual outlets, so don’t wait – book now!
See the 'Next Up' section for more information.
The Annual Cinderella Awards
The Cinderella Trophy Awards Presentation will take place at 7.30pm on
Saturday May 17th at the Westlands Sports & Social Club in Yeovil
We have an initial allocation of 20 tickets although we could possibly have more if needed. The price,
to include a buffet, is £9.00 for adults, £8.00 for SFD members and £7 for under-16’s. Priority will be
given to members of the cast and crew but after that it’s first come, first served. At the time of
writing we don’t know what nominations we have or whether we will be asked again to contribute to the
Last year, you may remember, we had nominations in 17 categories and won 5 major awards, including the
Spotlight shield for the best village pantomime, and Oliver won a “Star of the Future” award. We seldom
do quite that well but always have a good time whether we win or not.
It is a long way to go but worth the effort. Last year we shared cars and petrol costs and that seemed
to work well. If you want tickets please contact Mo Best on firstname.lastname@example.org
on 01984 641175 as soon as possible as the closing date is May 2nd.
Sleeping Beauty DVD's
We haven’t forgotten about these. A few people have them but Barbara has not been well so they are not
all finished. We hope to have them for you soon. In the meantime we send Barbara our best wishes and
hope she is better soon.
The Annual Daley Skittles Compo
Our annual Skittles evening was a very enjoyable event. Numbers were down a little on last year but
competition was just as furious.
After a two-team match involving everyone and won by goodness knows which side, we played a game of
“Killer” – individual players in a knockout competition. There were some admirable performances, not
least by the ladies present, but in spite of a sterling, skilful and very sporting effort by Nancy and
Chris Marshall, Patrick Daley won – Again!!!
Don’t worry, Daley – there’ll be other years!
Many thanks to Simon for organising the evening and to Mike Twine and his staff for the
Following his move from the local area we have heard from der Schloss Parke and it
would appear that Sefton and Li have settled in well. It sounds an absolutely lovely
place, straight out of a fairy tale.
Sarah Kingsford hosted a lovely farewell party
for them and they enjoyed seeing so many of their friends. We presented Sefton with an engraved
tankard as a keepsake from the Players and we gave Li a bunch of her favourite flowers. Alan made a
memorable speech! It was sad to say goodbye but they are very happy where they are and no doubt we will
see them again.
Sefton’s Swan-song in England was Coward’s
“Blithe Spirit” at the Regal with the Barnstormers which he directed. It was very good –
congratulations to him and all the cast. Several of us went to see it and thoroughly enjoyed
For many years all our costumes and props have been stored in Sarah Kingsford’s cellar; she has kept
them in good order and has been extremely tolerant of Players tramping up and down her cellar steps. We
have accumulated so much that the space is no longer big enough and Sarah also needs the room for
Katherine’s own production equipment.
Having found a suitable replacement store in an old stable building at Huish Barton, and having
negotiated a measly rent from the landlord (excluding electricity!) we are now in the process 'doing
up' the store. Some of the required carpentry and rails have been installed, but there is still much
work to be done, in order for us to move the costumes to the new store from Sarahs cellar. Anyone who
can help on Sundays from 10am will be welcomed with open arms!
I think this is an appropriate time and place to thank Sarah for letting us use her house for so long.
She has undoubtedly saved the Players a lot of money and hassle. Other local groups are all
experiencing problems with storage and it is hoped that, if we can all get our costumes into accessible
stores, we will be able to borrow from each other, saving money and hours of sewing.
This was held on 24th July 2007 downstairs in the hall and
was well attended by the membership. There was only one change on the committee, with Nancy Marshall
replacing Jackie Evans as the treasurer. As a committee our thanks go out to Jackie for her hard work,
dedication and very tidy bookkeeping. The usual refreshments were well received by the members at the
table, and without getting out of control they allowed the meeting to flow! One discussion point at
the AGM was subscription rates. These have been the same for many years and it was felt it was time
they were upped. Thus the motion was passed that subs for adults increase to £5 per annum and for
children they should rise to £2. So far the subs have been paid well, but for those of you behind with
your installments there does become a time when your supply of newsletters will dry up - don't
say you weren't warned!!
Merry Wives of
A public service announcement from
"I expect everyone has heard by now about the tragic
weather that accompanied our “Summer” tour with Sefton’s Shakespeare. Sadly we had to abandon the
final performance after page 8 by which time the audience and cast (except Mo who was poised with
feather duster aloft ready to leap into action ), by that time a sorry sight, fled the stage. One
or two stalwart supporters remained in their seats under umbrellas hoping for a break in the
clouds but most packed their thermos flasks and trudged off home. We are really sorry that it
ended in that way but we had braved the elements earlier in the week and had performed the show
successfully if somewhat damply at Sampford Brett and Huish Barton, and on a lovely sunny evening
at Fyne Court. The next two performances were forced indoors but were nevertheless well received
by the audiences. In spite of everything it was a very enjoyable and funny production with some
wonderful performances – a super cast! We had a lot of fun – thank you."
Despite the tragic weather the show was a success in that
we made a small a mount of money, and those involved with the production enjoyed themselves. As usual
there are things to be learnt from these shows and I can assure you they will be! Unfortunately the
Phoebe Rees awards will not be graced with our presence since the adjudicator and the moderator both
came to the last night which was a wash out!!
Cinderella Trophy Awards 2007
A large group of players trouped off to the Westlands complex
in Yeovil on Saturday 12th May for this years Cinderella trophy evening hosted by the Somerset Fellowship
of Drama. It was a truly memorable evening for all concerned and The Players came away with more awards
than ever before. Huge congratulations must go to Mo Best for her inspirational work on 'William Tell',
and the list of nominations and awards are a testament to everyone's hard work. The list of awards was as
|Best Animal Act:
Nick Wilson and Jordan Batts as Emmenthal the Cow
|Best Small Stage Design
(Brenda Mandziej and Rob Hand)
|Best Small Stage Management
|Best Special Effects
The Apple (Simon Passmore and Dave Walder)
|Best Chorus Singing
The Old Crotchets
|Best Original Lyrics
|Best Comedy Duo
Allan Prentice and Simon Passmore
|Best Brokers Men
Phaedra Rush and Jenny Hand
|Best Principal Girl
Julia Seaton as Heidi
|Best Principal Boy
Kate Willacy as Will
|Stars of the Future
Oliver Lintott, Nick Wilson and Jordan Batts
|Best Small Stage Lighting Design
Roadwater (Dave Walder)
|Best Original Script
|Best Male Villain
Bill Tindall (Gessler)
|Outstanding Performance of the
Bill Tindall (Gessler)
|Spotlight Shield (Best Village
William Tell from Roadwater
Well done to all connected with the show. Special praise needs
to be heaped on Mo for her vision and hard work, and a special mention must go to Bill Tindall for his
award for Outstanding Performer of the Year - a superb award.
'Merry Wives of Windsor' - Summer Tour 2007
Sefton's adaptation of this Shakespeare comedy will be our
touring production this year. It will run from 16th July to 21st July at several 'local' venues. Please
contact Sefton on 01984 639030 if you want to be involved in any way with this production. Rehearsals
start on 8th May 2007 and dress rehearsal will be on 16th July at the Old Rectory, Sampford
Sefton's adaptation sets the play in 1963, on the 5th June, the
day that the Profumo scandal hit the front pages. The production will aim to invoke the historical
authenticity of the period.
The venues are as follows:
|The Old Rectory, Sampford Brett
Mon 16th July
|The Walled Garden, Huish Barton
Tues 17th July
Wed 18th July
|The Monk's Garden, Dunster
Thurs 19th July
|The Riverside, Dulverton
Fri 20th July
Sat 21st July
The cast for this show will be as follows:
|Anne Page / Robin
|John / Pistol
|Robert / Nym / Rugby
|Sir Hugh Evans
|Sir John Falstaff
'It Runs in the Family'
"It is 10.45 on the morning of the 23rd December 1989,
and in the doctors common room at St Andrews Hospital Dr David Mortimore is feeling particularly
pleased with himself. He is just putting the final touches to the keynote speech which he will be
delivering at midday to an international convention of fellow Neurologists, a task for which he
confidently expects to be awarded a knighthood.
Out of the blue, however, Nurse Jane Tate - an old
flame whom he hasnt seen for 18 years - turns up with the son he knew nothing about, and
hilarious pandemonium ensues as he tries frantically to conceal his long-forgotten indiscretions
in the sluice room with Nurse Tate, both from the hospital authorities and from his wife.
Meanwhile the delegates are gathering, and the clock is ticking......"
The cast for this show was as follows:
|Dr David Mortimore
|Dr Mike Connolly
|Dr Hubert Bonney
|Sir Willoughby Drake
Despite some major concerns a few weeks before this
production, as usual the Players have put on a show which they can be very proud of. Apart from the
odd dropped line here and there (understandable with such a wordy script and complicated plot) the
show was slick, well acted and above all very funny. The sight of three ladies in the back row with
tears pouring down their faces and splitting their sides was the highlight of the week for me. The
whole cast can be very proud of what they put on in this show and to them I send my hearty
congratulations and thanks for all their hard work. The whole play could not have been such a success
without all the helpers who built sets, designed programmes, sold tickets etc etc, so thankyou also to
We have now received the adjudication, and I'm pleased to
say that Hilary enjoyed the whole play and was very complimentary. I hope that all those involved have
now had a chance to read the critique. If not then please contact Mo Best to get yourself a
This years panto was deemed a major success on all counts. Many
congratulations to Mo for her marvelous script and very patient directing. We all had immense fun putting
it on and have some great memories from it. Geoff Best also deserves comment for his fantastic songs which
as ever were a joy to perform to very receptive audiences. We received a very good adjudication for this
show and look forward to the Cinderella awards later in the year with baited breath.
I have some photos of this show which I will be posting to the
galleries on this site in due course.
Phoebe Rees Awards 2006
Congratulations to Jenny Warwick (Best Actress) and Lis
Halliday (Best Supporting Actress) who were rewarded for their splendid performances as Viola and
Maria in Twelfth Night. A small band of Roadwaterites attended the evening at Bridgwater Rugby Club on
20th October and were there to see both awards being received. Well done to all involved in this
Roadwater Players Logo
There has been much deliberation over the Players choice for a
new logo, and the final decision has been made. The final choice has been circulated to the membership via
the latest newsletter, and it will shortly be appearing on this website, as soon as the logo is produced
in the right format.
Here is a brief summary of how the winning logo was selected;
The logo selections circulated at the AGM this year elicited a variety of responses and preferences. There
was general agreement that the logo should attempt to convey Roadwater's rural setting and the singular
nature of it's set up. Please bear in mind that any simple logo is never going to say everything about
Roadwater Players. As a committee we decided the logo should avoid cliche, i.e. comic and tragic masks,
spotlit actors, curtains and audience heads. We also tried to include the motif of the village hall, a
wisteria plant. Many options were considered bearing in mind the need for the logo to look good both in
colour and black and white. Finally we decided to use a lower case 'r' for Roadwater and after tweaking it
managed to transform this into a form of wisteria plant using colours of green and lavender. A copy of
this 'r' was then flipped so that the two 'r's enclose a form of spotlit stage. Finally we kept the
'Roadwater Players' text out of the 'stage' so as to keep it legible and simple. Please see your
newsletter for the final outcome and finally a version of it has appeared on this website. Hope you like
Cinderella Trophy Awards 2006
Thirteen of us traveled by minibus to Yeovil for this years
Cinderella Awards night. Once again we were very successful with some Stars of the Future, two big awards and
some other nominations. The awards we received were as follows;
Stars of the
Future: Izzy Yianni and Nancy Hesp
Awards; Best Design on a Small
Best Original Costumes
Nominations; Mo as Best Good Fairy
Izzy Yianni as Best Animal
Congratulations to all of the above and all who were involved with
what was another very successful Panto from Roadwater.
One Act Play Competition - A Rex for a Regina
'A Rex for a Regina' is the play that Geoff entered into the
Original One Act Play Competition. The first leg of the competition took place at the Warehouse Theatre in
Ilminster on 25th February. We were up against plays from Taunton Thespians and St Gregory Players. On the
night Geoff carried off the trophies for the most original script and the best production, whilst Phaedra
Rush won the award for best actress. Following the victory and much celebration, we then went on to the
Somerset Fellowship of Drama One Act Play competition, which again took place at Ilminster on 11th March. We
faced stiffer competition from the same groups as the previous rounds, but despite a couple of actors being
unavailable (and having to make do with a couple of misfits in their places!) we carried off the winnings
again. Several trophies were won on the night and we received many complimentary comments.
Having won this second round we went through to the next stage of
the competition to represent Somerset, at the Princes Hall in Clevedon. The competition took place on 22nd
April. We came up against some stiff competition, and this combined with a 2pm performance, some absentees
from the original cast and a small wrinkly audience that looked like they had been hauled in off the seafront
for the day meant we were struggling to compete. Some of the opposition was first class, most notably the
eventual winners St Ursulas Players from Bristol. They put on a very smooth performance which left the
audience physically drained of emotion - well worth seeing. We had a great if very long day, and learnt a
great deal from it. Good luck to the winners in the following rounds.
Here is a link to the Western Morning News article following our
win at Ilminster:
Roadwater Players Western Morning News
Phoebe Rees Awards 2005
This years annual awards ceremony was held this year on 21st
October 2005 at Bridgwater Rugby Club. We sent a party to this function, and as usual the Players fared very
First up Mo Best won the award for 'Best Cameo' for her wonderful
portrayal of Rose Mumford in 'Thicker Than Water'. This was a truly deserved award that recognised the fact
that Rose still lives on in the village despite her many and varied knock backs! The other award won for
'Thicker Than Water' was that of 'Best Supporting Actor' which was deservedly presented to Patrick Daley for
his brilliant portrayal of D.C. Dibble. Both awards were well deserved and our congratulations go out to them
In total we received five other nominations for the
- Best set construction
- Best sound
- Best supporting actor - Allan Prentice as Sgt
- Best actor - Simon Passmore for Ch. Insp.
- Best direction - Geoff Best
An extra mention should be made of two other members who did well
at the awards whilst representing some of the 'opposition'. Jenny Thomas won the award for Best Female Youth
for her portrayal of Lucy Lime in 'Eclipse' for Minehead Youth Theatre, and Charlotte Best was nominated for
Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Jackie in 'Hayfever' for the Taunton
Congratulations must go to all involved; yet again Roadwater has
been seen in a very strong light as a result of everyones hard work. Thanks to Allan and Janet for organising
the trip to Bridgwater. There will be some pictures posted on here soon.
SFD AGM at Roadwater - 17th September 2005
Initial reports confirm that this was a very successful evening.
The visitors were given a very warm welcome, buffet food was laid on and entertainment provided. Many thanks
to the following for their efforts with the entertainment - Roadwater Youth, Sefton Parke, Jennifer Hand, Don
Hadfield, Luke Moore, Mo Best & Simon Passmore. If I've missed anyone then please accept my apologies.
Thanks to all those who helped set up and clear up.
Open Air Production - 2nd July 2005 - Update
A couple of weeks ago Allan and Ben together with Mary Lintott,
handed over the proceeds from the open air production to Michelle Kerrigan who is the Community Fundraising
Co-ordinator for the Childrens Hospice South West in this area. It was a lovely summers evening, and we
presented her with a cheque for the large sum of £450. This was a marvellous effort, and we hope to repeat
the Al Fresco production again in future years. Many thanks for everyones hard work.
Michelle Kerrigan (Childrens Hospice SW) receiving the cheque for
£450 from Mary Lintott and Allan Prentice (Herr Chairman)
Open Air Production - 2nd July 2005 - Report
This production was a great success, with many varied acts on show.
Prior to the event about 45 tickets had been sold, but the weather was good to us and the total number in
attendance reached 100 on the night itself. The picnics on display were nearly as varied as the entertainment
on the stage.
A 'large' band was assembled for the evening. The usual 'Old
Crotchets' combined their talents with 'The Luke Moore Trio' and the result was a superb spectrum of music!
In terms of comedy, we were treated to the usual Tickle and Passmore sketches, Clive endeared himself to the
ladies with his standup routine and Jennifer Hand recited some Pam Ayres. Musically, Mo Best had us all in
stitches with a Victoria Wood song, Brenda Mandziej sang for us, Janet Grieve sang and Charlotte Best
performed a rendition of 'Big Spender'. Other performers included Ben Horrobin, Tad Mandziej (trying to play
music on a sheep) and our very successful youth players. A great time was had by all and in doing so we
raised £450 for the Childrens Hospice SW - which was remarkable.
Thanks to all who helped make it a success. Allan and Brenda for
organising, Gill White for her expertise in managing the rush at the door, Jane Mattravers for selling the
raffle tickets, Dave Walder for his technical efforts (superb as usual) and Bob & Mary Lintott for
allowing us the use of their garden for the evening.
Cinderella Awards 2005
We all travelled to Yeovil on 21st May 2005 for the annual
Cinderella Awards Ceremony. As usual we went there knowing that we had put on a good show for Panto at the OK
Corral, but we werent expecting too much success at the awards! How wrong we were. in all we came away with 6
major awards. They were as follows;
- Simon Passmore & Tickle Daley as 'Best Brokers
- 'Best Design on a Small Stage'
- Geoff Best for 'Best Original
- Jenny Thomas for 'Best Performance by an
- Jenny Thomas for 'Star of the
- For the best Big Show on a small stage, the 'Pint
A great evening was had by all, and congratulations must go to ALL
involved in 'Panto at the OK Corral'. Another brilliant team effort from Roadwater!!!