Playing Harold Hill last season must really have taken it out of Colin! In October of last year he was bouncing around the stage in pursuit of the lovely Marion. This season he is shuffling about, barely able to get in and out of a chair. Remembering all of those lines must have affected his memory as well as he has become very forgetful and doddery. Perhaps it is due to a "round" Birthday he celebrated recently?? Of course it is not the ill effects of a previous play or the aforementioned birthday that is causing this peculiar behaviour. It is his fantastic portrayal of Arthur's uncle, The Dean of Paddington. His character acting is just as impressive as his leading man status. If you were delighted by his performance last year, make sure you don't miss him in action as the rather forgetful Dean of Paddington. (Oh, and happy birthday Col!)
It is very exciting to welcome two new people to the CPP stage for “Lord Arthur”. Mark Collard joins us in the role of the palm reading Mr Podgers. He heard from his wife Gill what fun it is to be involved at CPP and couldn’t keep away! Mark has a number of strings to his bow but I’m not sure if palm reading is really one of them! Perhaps try him out after the show! Meredith Norton joins us in the formidable role of Lady Julia Merton. The script suggests that Lady Julia is probably a good friend of Lady Bracknell and when you see her in action, you’ll see why! Lady Julia and Meredith (in real life!) are poles apart: Meredith is so nice and Lady Julia...perhaps not so! It is a testament to Meredith that she pulls this off so well.
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Rehearsals are coming along nicely under Jenn’s watchful eye. We have just completed the blocking phase of rehearsal (working out all the moves!) This means it’s time to start thinking about putting the scripts down. It is amazing what a security blanket having the script in your hand can be. Brenda is leading the way as always with this. What a seasoned professional! We are heading back to run act one this week. I hope we remember how it goes!
Our offstage team is working just as hard. Vilma and Amy have been kept very busy in the back room sourcing and creating the period costumes required. Five different scenes and a cast of ten means..... Lots of costumes! The cast are often summoned backstage for a fitting or two.
Croydon Parish Players
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