There’s lots of different versions of every panto and many amateur groups still make their own set. It can often be difficult to find inspiration for how to stage your productions and what your set might look like.
Pantomime Dames are rare and special creatures, they only come out at Christmas and appear in some of the most creative, outlandish and occasionally obscene costumes ever allowed to set foot on stage. A costume designers dream, they carry the show and are just as popular with boys and girls as with mums and dads.
We all know what it's like in the lead up to production week; extra rehearsals, costume fittings, promotional shots, technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals; the list is endless. This means that by the time you reach production week, you're generally very worn down, the coughs and colds start and that's the last thing you want when you're supposed to be giving your best on stage for 7 shows.
In many amateur theatre groups you have a range of skills at your disposal from different members. Traditionally groups are managed by a central committee (and additional sub committees if the group is a large one) so in this article, I will look at what makes a successful organising committee and how you can maintain this as members come and go.