"Peter Pan...Sort Of!" played to four packed houses and was met with cheers, laughs, boos, 'R's and applause from start to finish!
Everyone agreed that the production had risen to new heights yet again with wonderful performances, incredible scenery, delicious refreshments and even some high tech wizardry! There were some new faces on stage, as well as some old ones...err we mean 'regular favourites' of course.... and the youngest members of the cast did themselves proud and clearly enjoyed themselves under the guidance of Gillian Apps and Jolene Moulding. The cast and crew were also very proud to be able to be party to our own Bruce Waitson receiving the Newchurch Village Award on stage in front of his friends and family at the end of the Saturday night show.
The consensus remains that there's just something very different (in a good way) about the Newchurch Village Productions pantomime that makes it so very warm, friendly, funny and enjoyable for everyone concerned.
Newchurch Village Productions – aka the Panto Group – started in 2008 after a casual comment about making better use of the stage in the Village Hall. A few years on and several thousand pounds have been raised for local charities and good causes and over 70 local people from all backgrounds, ranging in age from 3 to 90 have taken part. Everyone is welcome to join in and we are a really friendly bunch so it’s a great way to get to know people and have fun whilst doing something creative and worthwhile.
Every year the script is entirely original and is written to fit the cast – so if you’d like to join in then a part will be found just for you! We have also designed, built and painted our own sets and make many of our own props and costumes. This means we are able to get more of the money we make to the chosen charities of each production. It also means that there are always plenty of off-stage jobs for those who would like to get involved without having to face the audience!
The production raised over £2500; significant donations were made to the Village Hall and the Parish Council’s play equipment funding appeal – as well as leaving a healthy balance for future productions to access.