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St John & St Mark Church, Bury

Pantomimes

The 2018 Pantomime will be Dick Whittington! Performances to be held on 8th, 9th and 10th February.

2017 Aladdin

The decision to stage “Aladdin” was made at the start of June 2016. Preparations began shortly after with the writing of the script and the choosing of songs to be included. Cast auditions were held on Saturday 15th October and rehearsals began Sunday 23rd October.

In total, 39 children and 2 adults starred in the production; 24 cast and 17 chorus members.

In addition to the Cast and Chorus, 25 adults gave up their time to help throughout the production. These included technical, stagehands, costume, make-up, front of house and dressing rooms.

With the exception of the Christmas holidays, rehearsals ran every Sunday from 1.00pm to 5.00pm with occasional Wednesday’s from 6.30pm till 8.00pm. In total around 219 hours of rehearsal time was held (this includes photo shoots, tech and dress rehearsals and specially arranged rehearsals).

The performances themselves were held in February on Thursday 16th, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th Sales of tickets were a huge success yet again which saw full houses.

No extra costing this year due to a self-written script by D Cooper. Next year’s production will be another self- written pantomime.

May I add my thanks to all who took part and gave up their time to help make it another successful year. I have been overwhelmed by the feedback and the kind words I’ve received. 

2016 Joseph

The decision to stage “Joseph” was made later than normal back in August 2015. Cast auditions were held on Saturday 10th October and rehearsals began Sunday 18th October.

In total, 30 children and 2 adults starred in the production; 22 cast and 10 chorus members. In addition to the Cast & Chorus, 23 adults gave up their time help throughout the production. These included technical, stagehands, costume, make-up, front of house and dressing rooms.

With the exception of the Christmas holidays, rehearsals ran every Sunday from 1.00pm to 5.00pm with occasional Wednesday’s 6.30pm till 8.00pm.

The performances themselves were held in February on Thursday, Friday & Saturday the 11th, 12th & 13th respectively. Sales of tickets were a huge success yet again which saw full houses.

What comes hand in hand with doing an Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical is the cost of the licences.

Next year’s production will return to a pantomime with the thoughts of doing another musical in the future.