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Treasurer: Bob Fox 01208 850401
Secretary: Elaine Fell 01208 851836
Press and Publicity: Barbara Strachan


Cinderella

Pantomime performances: 8,10,15,16 March, 2013

Programme (pdf)

All photos: adrianjasperphotography.co.uk

Maybe it was the choice of a traditional pantomime, perhaps it was the reputation of previous years, Whatever the reason, St. Teath's choice of Cinderella was a sell-out on the final night and an outstanding success for the village drama group.

Much of the credit for "Cinderella" should go to David Jasper and Bob Fox, who not only directed the production, but returned to the stage - Bob as one of the ugly sisters and David, bringing his own unique comedy style to the role of the impecunious Baron Hardup. The decision to team Bob as Beryl with John Dunstan as twin Cheryl was a brilliant piece of casting, especially when Bob seemed to stray from the original script.

(L > R) The ugly sisters, Beryl (Bob Fox)
and Cheryl (John Dunstan)
Buttons (Jeff Sloggett)
consoles Cinderella (Jade Morse)
Ugly sisters (see above) with Lady Devillia
(Maria Gameson) and Baron Hardup (David Jasper)
Prince Charming (Georgie Bate)
and Cinderella (Jade Morse)
Dandini (Chloe Banks)
and Fairy Godmother (Maddie Weekley)
Broker's men Snatch (Sue Wilmott)
and Snatch (Dianne Potter)

Five newcomers joined the drama group's regulars this year and the combination worked well. Former heroine, Chloe Banks, took on the role of Dandini with her usual expertise while Jade Morse justified her selection for the title role. It must have been a daunting task for Fairy Godmother, Maddie Weekley, to make a solo appearance on stage at the beginning of the pantomime but she gave a sparkling opening to the show.

(L > R) Chloe Banks (Dandini), Jade Morse (Cinderella), Georgie Bate (Prince Charming) and Maddie Weekley (Fairy Godmother). Meg Scott and Megan Sidgwick were inside the horse.

After taking over one of the lead roles last year, Jeff Sloggett was equally confident this year as Buttons and he has developed a special talent for exchanging banter with the audience. After several years of pantomime experience, Maria Gameson, as the wicked stepmother, failed to be distracted by her mischief-making "daughters". Dianne Potter has become a confident comic actor in the drama group and this year was teamed with newcomer, Sue Wilmott, in a double act which, hopefully will be brought back in the future.

Younger members of the cast.

Pantomime horse, "Delabole Dumpling" was a real challenge for Meg Scott and Megan Sidgwick. Maybe the so-called "racehorse" won't win the Grand National but it was a favourite with the audience. Music was in the capable hands of Alan Dawe and Rod and Chris Keat were responsible for excellent scenery, sounds and lighting.

Barbara Strachan


Treasure Island

Pantomime performances: 11,12,17,18 February, 2012

When a leading actor is forced to pull out of a pantomime a month before opening night, it could put the whole production in jeopardy.

Director, David Jasper, faced the dilemma of possibly having to postpone or even cancel "Treasure Island" until one of the young members of St. Teath Drama Group, Jeff Sloggett, offered to take over the role of pirate captain, Long John Archer.

Appearing in only his second pantomime, Jeff was taking on a huge challenge but his enthusiasm and determination resulted in a first class performance, proving he was ideally suited to the part of the pirate who leads his comrades in a mutiny to take over a ship, bound for an island where treasure was buried.

The future of the village drama group must be guaranteed, for Jeff was only one of several young members who deserved the compliments they received, both from David Jasper and the audiences. The professionalism and ability of these young actors was incredible and Rebecca Pedlar fully deserved the accolades she received for her fine comedy performance as a streetwise parrot with an East End accent and a definite Del Trotter attitude to life.

(Most of) the cast: Back row L>R: Max Roberts, Dianne Potter, John Dunstan, Jeff Sloggett, Philip Gameson,
Tina Sinclair, Elaine Fell
Front row: Jay Banks, Chloe Banks, Len Sinclair, Rebecca Pedlar, Maria Gameson and Jade Morse.
Photo: adrianjasperphotography.co.uk

While Rebecca obviously loves the challenge of comedy roles. Chloe Banks has established herself as the heroine of St. Teath pantomimes. This year she was Nigella, who disguises herself as a cabin boy to join her boyfriend, Jim, (AR, Jim Lad!) on the hazardous treasure-seeking voyage. Chloe and Philip Gameson were ideally suited to the roles of Nigella and Jim. Too often the romantic leads are overshadowed by stronger characters but not in this production.

This year's colourful dame was played by Len Sinclair in his debut in a St. Teath pantomime while his wife, Tina, was the captain of the "Saucy Boat", overthrown by Long John and his inept pirates, admirably portrayed the group's comedy duo, Dianne Potter and Wendy Parkyn Rosie Morey, Jay Banks and William Isaacs in a scene-stealing cameo.

Three veterans of the drama group returned this year. John Dunstan was perfectly cast as Nigella's father, the Squire, and leader of the treasure hunting expedition while Elaine Fell displayed her usual comedy timing as Captain Skint, a retired sailor and owner of the vital treasure map. Ben Blunderbus was the castaway abandoned by pirates on the island and played by Maria Gameson, with her usual comic ability.

Jade Morse must have a great future with the group after transforming herself from one role as Bald Pew, "scurvy on two legs" to another as Kiri, Long John's long lost love, both played with confidence and dramatic ability. Max Roberts was both the ship's doctor and and the island's village chief, obviously enjoying his time on stage as much as the audience did.

It was a pleasure to see David Jasper back on stage when he stood in for another member of the cast. His comic abilities are greatly missed.

Musical director was Alan Dawe, Stage Manager: Moyna Fox, Scenery, lights and sound: Rod Keat.

If you enjoyed this year's pantomime, why not consider joining the drama group? It was obvious to everyone how much the actors were enjoying themselves and you don't have to be Johnny Depp or Meryl Street to take part in one of the productions. New members are always welcome on stage or backstage.

Barbara Strachan

Download a programme here (pdf).

The Cast - in order of appearance
cast
Dame Widdecombe
Len Sinclair
cast
Jim
Philip Gameson
cast
Skint
Elaine Fell
cast
Mr Biggs
Rebecca Pedlar
cast
Hook-handed Harry
Wendy Parkyn
cast
Black-hearted Kevin
Dianne Potter
cast
Cut-throat Colin
Rosie morey
cast
Poop Deck Pete
Jay Banks
cast
Squire Winton
John Dunstan
cast
Nigella
Chloe Banks
cast
Kiri/Pew
Jade Morse
cast
Doctor Trembley/Chief Dyson
Max Roberts
cast
Captain Hamilton RN
Tina Sinclair
cast
Long John Archer
Jeff Sloggett
cast
Esitant Enry
William Isaacs
cast
Ben Blunderbus
Maria Gameson

Murder Mystery

28 May, 2011

It wasn't Colonel Mustard with the rope or Miss Peacock with the lead pipe. It was Mrs. White with ... the fruit pie.

The lethal concoction was the weapon in the tongue-in-cheek murder "Mystery at the Manor", especially written and directed by Wendy Parkyn for the St. Teath Drama Group.

The setting was a manor house where residents and servants were suspected of poisoning the holiday-obsessed Rev. Green.

Drama group chairman, David Jasper, left the director's chair to make a welcome return to the stage as typical (boring) old soldier, Colonel Mustard while David's wife, Lorraine, was so convincing as sweet gentle Blanche White that few people could believe she was the assassin.

Two of last year's pantomime's youngest leads played the contrasting roles of Vanity Peacock and Windy Scarlet to perfection - Becky Pedlar as the self-obsessed Vanity and Chloe Banks as diamond-loving materialistic Windy. Welcome newcomer to the group was Jade Morse, who played the role of waitress in very convincing style.

As the vicar's former love interest, cook Victoria Sponge, Maria Gameson gave her usual efficient performance while Dianne Potter obviously enjoyed her role as intellectual Professor Plum as much as the audience.

Completing the line-up of suspects were gardener, Walter Greengrass, ably played by Philip Gameson and Mrs. White's twin brother, Tarquin Black, a comedy challenge for newcomer Paul Day.

Of course, traditionally the butler did it as everyone knows but not in this play! Another newcomer, Len Sinclair, captured the aloof butler, Ivan Alibi, with William Isaacs deriving enjoyment from the part of "victim" the Rev. Green.

Bumbling Inspector Cluedo (Jeff Sloggett) may have asked all the right questions without coming up with the right answer, with little or no help from assistant WPC Dunnit, played by director Wendy Parkyn.

The guilty party was revealed in a special edition of the Weakest Link with Elaine Fell adding the character of Anne Robinson to her previous pantomime credits.

Adding to the atmosphere was music from musical director Alan Dawe and the Allen Valley Singers.

Barbara Strachan

Download a cast list here (pdf).

(Most of) the cast: Back row L>R: Philip Gameson, Lorraine Jasper, Paul May, Wendy Parkyn, Elaine Fell, Len Sinclair, William Isaacs, Dianne Potter, Front row: Jeff Sloggett, Chloe Banks, Rebecca Pedlar and Jade Morse. Maria Gameson and David Jasper also took part. Photo: Adrian Jasper

St Teath Drama Group Donation to the Precious Lives Appeal

6 April, 2011

The late Jayne Stark, who played an important role in St Teath Drama Group productions, as a director, secretary and onstage, lived life to the full, especially in her support of village activities, while also running two businesses almost at opposite ends of the county. Jayne died tragically just over a year ago and held dear The Precious Lives Appeal for respite care for life-limited children. Because of this, St Teath Drama Group decided to donate the takings from one of their performances of their last December panto, Dick Twittington and his Big Cat Denzil, to the charity.

Before one of the ongoing group rehearsals for their Murder Mystery play in May, a cheque for £650 was donated to a representative of the charity, Mary Murfin. In thanking the group she said the money would go towards the ongoing construction of a children's hospice called Little Harbour at Porthpean near St Austell. Their target was £5 million for the project, of which £4.4 million has already been raised.

John Dunstan and Emmah Stark present the cheque to Mary Murfin representing the Precious Lives Appeal. Photo: Adrian Jasper

Minutes of meeting held on the 26 January 2011 (pdf)


2010 production

Dick Twittington of St Teath and his Big Cat Denzel

Over £500 was to be donated to the Precious Lives Appeal after a pantomime performance by the St. Teath Drama Group dedicated to its late director, Jayne Stark.

Jayne died tragically, early last year, at a time when she was directing rehearsals of "Dick Twittington and his Big Cat Denzel", especially written by the "dame", Bob Fox. The production was postponed until December when the final performance was dedicated to Jayne and the proceeds donated to one of Jayne's favourite charities, Precious Lives.

The cast at the final performance. Photo: Adrian Jasper

One of the 13-year-old group's longest serving members, David Jasper, took over as director, relinquishing the comedy duo role he would have played with Jayne. Their places as gormless Bread and Jam were taken by newcomers Wendy Parkyn, and established group member, Dianne Potter. As their mother "Eva Brick", Bob Fox was a dame in the finest panto tradition - particularly as a belly-dancing temptress.

The "tooth fairy", Rebecca Pedlar, was a star in her own right, a dizzy airy-fairy sprite who excelled in her role. In contrast King Rat, alias Elaine Fell, was a true dramatic villain to be booed and jeered, in his battle with hero, Dick Twittington, ably played by group veteran, Maria Gameson whose son, Philip, was a triumph as the Sultan of Morocco who succumbed to the charms of the statuesque Eva. John Potter may not have had to learn lines but he was a scene-stealer as Denzel the Cat.

The main cast were well supported by the other longest serving member of the group, Lorraine Jasper, as the buxom barmaid, ship's captain David Pierce, and Jeff Slogett ,as Dez the Fez and Jack Archer, and his wife, Natasha, as Concertina.

It was unfortunate that flu affected so many of the cast but true to tradition they made sure the show did go on. The sight of David Jasper taking on his wife's role as the barmaid was a sight to remember.

This year the pantomime was enhanced by live music from Alan Daw, and a first class back stage team.

Barbara Strachan

Download the programme here (pdf).

The Cast - in order of appearance
cast
Jam
Wendy Parkin
cast
Mistress Concertina
Natasha Sloggett
cast
Bread
Dianne Potter
cast
Eva Brick
Bob Fox
cast
Children
Rosie Morey
cast
Children
Emma Evans
cast
Childdren/Rat
Jay Banks
cast
Dick Twittington
Maria Gameson
cast
Denzel
John Potter
cast
The Tooth Fairy
Rebecca Pedlar
cast
Barmaid
Lorraine Jasper
cast
King Rat
Elaine Fell
cast
Rat
Max Vince
cast
Alderman Fitztightly
John Dunstan
cast
Alice Fitztightly
Chloe banks
cast
Captain
David Pierce
cast
Dez the Fez/Jack Archer
Geoff Sloggett
cast
Sultan of Morocco
Philip Gameson

Photos: Adrian Jasper


February 2009 Production

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Make Mine a Double

Dr Jekyll and the evil Mr Hyde

Pantomime dames come in all shapes and sizes but few of them seem to be well over six feet tall with a physique to match, unlike Lulu, the washerwoman in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

When Bob Fox joined St. Teath Drama group he was willing to have a go at anything. The group took him at his word and Bob not only adapted the script of the well-known horrror story, but also agreed to take on the role of Lulu. He is a tall well-built man and that alone would have been enough to bring chuckles from the audience but Bob proved to be the epitome of the pantomime dame - a performance worthy of a professional, a mixture of Les Dawson and Norman Evans for those old enough to remember them.

Dr Jekyll demonstrates his invention to Jack and Lulu

He set the standard for the rest of the cast and not one member failed to rise to the challenge. As chairman, David Jasper, explained to the audiences, the group had only six weeks to rehearse this comic version of Robert Louis Stevenson's story in which Lulu, her son, Jack and Jack's girlfriend have the task of preventing Hyde and the evil matron from taking over Jekyll's hospital before the finale.

In command of the title roles were Elaine Fell as Dr. Jekyll and John Dunstan as Mr. Hyde. Jekyll could have been just a straight man to Hyde's colourful role but Elaine brought out a comic side of this eccentric character with a suggestion of the antics of Groucho Marx, a perfect contrast to his alter ego, Hyde, played with skill and comic timing by John, whose versatility had been demonstrated so well in previous productions.

Matron confronts Lulu

Returning to St. Teath pantomime after a year's absence Maria Gameson was Lulu's practical joking son, Jack, with enthusiasm and a suitably "laid back" attitude while Tracey Leach was an admirable Molly, the studious young girl who falls for Jack, despite the tricks he plays on her. Both Tracey and Diane Potter were taking on major roles for the first time but Diane played the part of the inept burglar, A Burke, with a flair for comedy that bodes well for the future.

After the thigh-slapping role of the romantic hero last year, Jem Tnorold returned as inept detective Sheerluck Jones, the romantic interest for the colourful Lulu. The scenes between these two were worth the cost of a ticket on their own.

PC Poo and prisoners

Among several newcomers this year was Natasha Golding as the evil matron, an efficient and impressive performance from the diminutive Natasha who was literally overshadowed when confronted by the very well-endowed Lulu.

Although only 13-years-old, Rebecca Pedlar was excellent as hypochondriac Lanyon (Jekyll's friend in the book) and hopefully she will feature in future productions.

Another newcomer, David Pierce threatened to steal scenes as the detective's policeman assistant and it was good to welcome back John Theobald as Lord St. Teath. The drama group was fortunate to have found three children with great acting ability and Chloe Banks, aged ten, Rosie Morey and Jay Banks, both eight years old, were a great asset.

Returning as director for a second time, Jayne Stark and fellow director David Jasper, can be very proud of such an entertaining production. It was obvious that the cast members were enjoying themselves and this enthusiasm was infectious.

For the first time animated scenery, a techonological project, was skilfully handled by Rod Keat and expertly complemented by the lighting and sound controlled by Marc Hunt. Stage manager, Moyna Fox, with the aid of John Potter, Adrian Jasper and David Jasper, ensured the 19 scene changes were carried out efficiently.

Well done, St. Teath. How do you match that next year?

Barbara Strachan

 

The Cast
cast
Murse Barbara
Chloe Banks
cast
Orderly
Jay Banks
cast
Mr Hyde
John Dunstan
cast
Dr Jekyll
Elaine Fell
cast
Lulu
Bob Fox
cast
Jack
Maria Gameson
cast
Matron
Natasha Golding
cast
Molly
Tracey Leach
cast
Nurse Windsor
Rosie Morey
cast
Lanyon
Rebecca Pedlar
cast
PC Poo
David Pierce
cast
Burke
Diane Potter
cast
Lord St Teath
John Theobald
cast
Sheerluck Jones
Jem Thorold
All photos: Adrian Jasper

Download programme (pdf)

St Teath Drama Group thanks NCDC's Community Chest Fund and St Teath Parish Council for financial support in the purchase of a projector



St Teath Drama Group's presention of Mother Goose

February 2008
Photos: Adrian Jasper

Elaine Fell
Director Elaine Fell
For the last couple of years ELAINE FELL has played the role of principal boy in St. Teath Drama Group's pantomime but this year she decided to try her hand at directing. "Mother Goose" was chosen, the church hall was booked for four February performances, the cast was chosen. So far, so good. Then one cast member after another was forced to drop out and rehearsals were hit by illness when many people were hit by a virulent "bug". Few people could have blamed Elaine if she was regretting her decision or, at the very least, suffered from sleepless nights. If so, she needn't have worried.She only had to listen to the congratulations and praise of the audiences to know the pantomime was a resounding success.

The story is based around penniless Mother Goose (obviously) who becomes rich, thanks to Candy the magic goose and her golden eggs.But Mother Goose is bewitched by wicked fairy, Vanity, into giving Candy away in return for youth and beauty. Fortunately her children, silly Billy and Jill plus Jill's fiance, Jack, manage to put everything right with the help of good fairy Virtue, thwarting miserly Squire Sydney Snyde who wants Candy for himself. Having stepped in to take over the title role when another actor had to pull out, the REV JIM BENTON-EVANS even sacrificed his beard to make his debut as St. Teath pantomime dame. His first appearance in traditional dame's costume caused surprise and laughter but his "transformation" as beautiful young Gertrude Goose lefteveryone speechless. Long blonde wig, pencil skirt, high-heeled boots - who would have recognised the North Cornwall cluster vicar!

Last year's "dame" in nurse's uniform, JOHN MUNRO, became the villain this year as the mean money-grabbing squire, sneering and threatening in true pantomime tradition. His fellow "baddie", wicked fairy Vanity, was played to perfection by ROSE SQUIRES in costume and wig of purple and black, defiantly baiting the audience and challenging them to boo louder and longer. In contrast ANN HALE, as good fairy Virtue, was gentle and meek. Somehow Ann managed to combine her first role on stage with her duties as wardrobe mistress, providing outfits from the delicate gauzy fairies' dresses to the macabre black costumes of the witches and skeletons.Two more newcomers, REV JEM THOROLD and LAURA STRACHAN, were the star-crossed lovers, Jack and Jill - a hero much given to heroic stances and ad-libbing and a heroine with a touch of the feisty as well as the romantic, with the unenviable task of appearing to cry her eyes out while everyone else was in fits of laughter at her partner's dramatic poses. As well as the witty one-liners there was plenty of slapstick comedy too from the Will-Hay type of antics in the schoolroom to trifle slapped in the faces of poor long-suffering Billy and the wicked squire.

David Jasper
Jayne Stark

The long-established comedy duo of DAVID JASPER and JAYNE STARK caused havoc and mayhem as bungling oddjobmen, Scratchit and Bodgit, while JOHN DUNSTAN as silly Billy enlisted the help of the audience to protect his pet snail, with shouts of "Slimey!" every time anyone went anywhere near it. His jokes may have drawn groans but his comic timing and pathos, ensured he was a firm favourite with the audience. Everyone felt sorry for him when the wonderful "bird" who promised to be the love of his life turned out to be an outsize goose. With only a few weeks to familiarise himself with role, JOHN POTTER brought the goose to life - a goose with attitude. Children are a huge asset to any pantomime and the nine in this show, ranging in age from teenager ABI to six-year-old BROCK played a major part in the success of the performance, wherther they were fairies, witches, skeletons or troublesome schoolchildren.

With excellent direction by Elaine, superb costumes, and sound and lights by GEOFF SQUIRES (you are needed back on stage, Geoff!) this was a first rate pantomime by St. Teath Drama Group. The last line of the show promises "We'll see you all next year". Could you do it all again, Elaine?

Schoolboy and schoolgirl: Ollie Leach and Abi Hunn. Chorus: Jean Burden, Lorraine Jasper, Dianne Potter, Chloe Hunn, Rosie Morey, Tabatha Benton-Evans, Phoebe Benton-Evans, Sam Leach, John Leach, Brock Leach. Director: Elaine Fell. Backstage: Adrian Jasper, Rod Keat, Tracy Leach, Dean Leach. Curtains: Malcolm Warman. Publicity: Adrian Jasper. Scenery: Fiona Alexandrou and Laura Strachan

We are indebted to the St Blazey Drama Group for the loan of a Mother Goose costume.

Barbara Strachan

The Cast
cast
Mother Goose
Jim Benton-Evans
cast
Candy
John Potter
cast
Squire Sydney Snyde
John Munro
cast
Billy Goose
John Dunstan
cast
Jill Goose
Laura Strachan
cast
Jack
Jem Thorold
cast
Bodgit
Jayne Stark
cast
Scratchit
David Jasper
cast
Virtue
Ann Hale
cast
Vanity
Rose Squires
cast
Schoolboy
Ollie Leach
cast
Schoolgirl
Abi Hunn

Pictures from the performance - click to view full size


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