A tal­ented sew and sew!

Midweek Visiter - - Life At The Little Theatre, Southport -

THE SDC’s fab­u­lous fam­ily pan­tomime, Cin­derella, is al­most here.

Crack­ing cos­tumes have been crafted, ter­rific tunes are be­ing tweaked and play­ful per­for­mances are be­ing pol­ished.

Dozens of our mem­ber vol­un­teers con­trib­ute to the an­nual ex­trav­a­ganza by sell­ing tick­ets in the run up and through­out as well as staffing the 18 per­for­mances to make sure you are fed, wa­tered, seated and safe.

For the pro­duc­tion team, the prepa­ra­tion be­gan way back in the sum­mer.

This year we were de­lighted to wel­come back the wickedly tal­ented Christo­pher Rim­mer as mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, ac­com­plished chore­og­ra­pher Corinna Davies and ex­cep­tion­ally ca­pa­ble di­rec­tor Kate Miles-Roberts.

Kate is a multi-skilled mem­ber of the SDC and a nat­u­ral choice for tak­ing the lead with this show.

Our cur­rent chair, Les Gom­er­sall, is sup­port­ing her as as­sis­tant di­rec­tor; a role re­ver­sal of their di­rec­to­rial col­lab­o­ra­tion in last sea­son’s Be My Baby.

Kate has al­ways had a love of panto.

She started very early play­ing Ali Baba’s chief thief at the age of six.

She’s gone on to steal scenes ever since!

Her SDC panto history be­gan in 2011 and she has ful­filled a number of roles rang­ing from ap­pear­ing on stage in Goldilocks and the Three Bears and as­sis­tant di­rect­ing Sleep­ing Beauty.

She’s cre­ated count­less cos­tumes as part of our won­der­ful wardrobe depart­ment, known col­lec­tively as the sewing elves.

Her first foray was as a crew mem­ber for Cin­derella last time the club per­formed it: she has such fond mem­o­ries of this time that she was de­lighted to step up to di­rect this year.

The orig­i­nal script is cour­tesy of the gifted Stephen Hughes-Alty.

Kate has de­vel­oped it to best suit her com­pany and bring the ref­er­ences up to date.

Dur­ing the re­hearsal process it has evolved fur­ther as she works with her play­ers to make the show sparkle.

Her or­gan­i­sa­tion and vi­sion have made for a smooth re­hearsal pe­riod; the panto fam­ily are all look­ing for­ward to show­ing you the fruits of their labours and mak­ing their di­rec­tor proud!

All this, and she is still per­form­ing ‘sewing elf’ du­ties as well as be­ing a busi­ness­woman and rais­ing her young son with her hus­band, fel­low SDC mem­ber, ac­tor and di­rec­tor Adrian Miles-Roberts.

Their team­work on and off­stage means they can en­joy their hobby, sup­port the club and still have fam­ily time too.

Cin­derella opens on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 20 and runs un­til Sun­day, Jan­uary 6.

Call our box of­fice on 01704 530521/530460 for tick­ets and more de­tails.

Visit our Face­book page at face­book.com/South­portLit­tleTheatre for news, com­pe­ti­tions and ex­clu­sive pre­views.

Cin­derella di­rec­tor Kate Miles-Roberts watch­ing her cast re­hearse

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