After reviewing the previous production, Brian and Richard are keen to produce a serious production, and Richard demonstrates an excellent performance of an extract of Shakespeare. Although all agree this is marvellous, it is thought that the group as a whole would not be able to manage a complete Shakespeare play. A pantomime is suggested as an alternative but Brian and Richard are reluctant to stoop so low. In true democratic fashion, a vote is suggested and a panto wins.
A show is selected and parts allocated, although due to the group’s low numbers there has to be some doubling up and the chorus is rather short of numbers. Jenny and Diane are considered “too old” to be the Principal Boy and Girl, and Richard is reluctant to be the baddie – but what alternative is there? The initial rehearsal suggests a number of areas that give cause for concern.
The second act is the opening night of the pantomime – Hickory Dickory Dock. The Dame is looking after uncle’s (Uncle Dickory) clock shop in the village of Frolicking-by-the-Fen. The wicked Baron tricks the imp into obtaining the Golden Clock but Fairy Elvina points out that the clock will not grant immortality unless the owner also has the golden key. The villagers find this out while practising entertainments for the King’s birthday celebrations and the imp realises s/he’s been tricked. Diana has the key and will be used as “bait” to get the clock back, with the Prince nearby to protect her. The scheme is a success, the Baron repents and all are able to enjoy the King’s Birthday Ball.
Let's Do a Pantomime by Jane Wanless
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