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We ask Alan some questions.
How Have You Been Involved?
Backstage Crew, Production Design, Set building, Stage Manager.
What Roles Have You Played?
The Frog Prince was my first pantomime with The Hunstanton Pantomime and I was involved in designing, building and painting scenic elements as well as working backstage during showtime, many and varied duties. Last year I was elevated to the dizzying heights of production designer and stage manager also head of finger wagging, and general bossiness during showtime.
What Has Been Your Best Moment?
Best moments are many, from rehearsals, which really can be a laugh a minute, to the final curtain. I just love having such a good time with a bunch of brilliant people who really pull it out of the bag at show time.
Your Last Comment?
I know that everyone involved does this for the love of live theatre and the pleasure of seeing people blossom and grow on stage, this wouldn't happen without a huge and dedicated family in supporting roles in the background, I am honoured to now be part of that family, long may it continue. Thank you and goodnight!
Why Did You Join The Hunstanton Panto?
I joined because I had recently moved to Hunstanton and thought it would be a good way of meeting new people other than in the pub, that place that's full of Drama, Old Dames, Comedians and Baddies. I had seen posters inviting people to go along to auditions and I knew they were looking for backstage people but with my sieve brain just didn't really get round to doing anything about it. One evening at the pub quiz I bumped into "Her Royal Highness" our Mayor at the time, Carol Bower, she told me she was involved in the panto and they were always on the lookout for new recruits, having had previous experience in theatre in another life, I volunteered to do anything that didn't involve acting, so there I was, suddenly on the team. It was really great fun, they were the most professional amateur group I had ever worked with and I have worked with a few!! John Giller, writer, director and Dame is a true pro and an absolute pleasure to work with, he brings out the star in everyone, stars without egos, how could I refuse when they asked me to come back the following year, Here I am with a bunch of Comedians, Baddies and an Old Dame doing it all again and now on my third production.
In Which Shows Have You Been Involved?
I have been involved in The Frog Prince 2013, and Hansel and Gretel's Big Adventure 2014.