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Introducing this year’s panto!

Fri 16 Nov 2018

The annual Theatre Arts Society Pantomime is underway!
We chat to Rio Topley, one of the directors, to hear what they have in store for us this year…

What made you want to direct this year’s Panto ‘Journey to Oz’?

Georgie and I had a go at directing a studio slot at Lakeside last year and both enjoyed it. We were thinking of directing another studio slot when we heard about submissions to direct the panto. We thought, ‘let’s go for it!’

We both bring different things to the table when directing and it just seems to work. It’s also an excuse to spend even more time together – we’re like two peas in a pod!

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How organised do you have to be?

When it comes to organising rehearsals for 30 people it can be difficult. Luckily we have an amazing creative team to help us.

Tom, our production manager is the king of spreadsheets. He’s always on top of everything; organising meetings, drawing up set designs and calming us down when we get stressed! He’s made the early part of the panto process a breeze.

What do you prefer…acting or directing?

If I HAD to pick it would have to be acting.

I just love being on stage and feeding off the energy other people give you. I feel that my strength would be devising my own work, so it that way it includes a bit of both.

What’s next for ‘Journey To Oz’?

Rehearsals have begun and we’re excited to see the cast grow and develop. With only 4 weeks until opening night, it’s going to be a busy few weeks!

We’ve been blocking the scenes along with teaching the cast all the dance moves and songs.

The set build is nearly finished which is epic as this year’s set is so big!

We had a few people come in a help over the weekend with painting the huge 16 foot wooden walls a bright green colour. So it is all coming along pretty well, I just can’t wait for opening night!


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