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We hope you are keeping well during this awful Covid-19 Pandemic. As I write this there is no clear view of when live theatre can return to normal. However, we will be treading the boards again to bring you fun and laughter when everything is safe for everyone. At present ‘The Princess and the Pea’ will be our next pantomime. Hopefully 2022. Stay safe and keep smiling.
Baddesley Barnstormers are a drama group based in North Baddesley, Southampton.
Well what a show ‘Sleeping Beauty’ was. Audiences were fantastic, cast were amazing and all involved worked their socks off to put on an outstanding production. Sleeping Beauty was beautiful but oh soooo big! The very nasty evil fairy – older sister to the good fairies – Bluebell, Blossom, Tulip and Rose-Petal excellently played by four guys, in tutus of course! Our usual blustering Dame ‘Fishy Flo’ and our thigh slapping Prince Zane. Mixed together to deliver something wonderful.
Our 2019 production was ‘Aladdin’. With two Genies, a dancing camel, our Dame Wooshy Washy, The evil ‘Jack the Black Kung Foo’ and Albert and Cuthbert the delivery men from England attempting to deliver a sedan chair, to China, for the princess. And many other characters who made this production such great fun. Again the hall was packed for all three performances.
We performed our 2018 pantomime ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ to three packed houses. The audiences loudly cheered everyone and booed the evil prince and Rumpelstiltskin – who was taken away at the end by Dr Who and her tardis. Audiences were in hysterics and can’t wait to see our next production. My favourites were the two Tax Inspectors.
‘Snow White’ was our 2017 offering. Seven very sweet dwarfs and one very nasty evil Queen. And of course two singing and dancing trees. The two dimwits B and Q, fumbled their way through trying to save Snow White but even ‘Plan C’ failed.
And our 2016 production ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ was another great success. Daisy the cow won all our hearts. The Traffic Warden made everyone’s life difficult, issuing parking tickets if you stood still too long. Not forgetting the evil rent man. We were very lucky to have ‘That’s Solent TV’ film our dress rehearsal which was shown on TV.
‘Hansel and Gretel’ was performed at Chilworth Village Hall, in February 2015. We all loved the appearance of ‘Batman and Robin’ the heroes, who found Hansel and Gretel in the gingerbread cottage, and were victorious over the wicked old witch. The cast and audiences had such fun we decided to continue putting on pantomimes every February
We perform original scripts written by Rachel Chadwick, who lives locally in Rownhams.
Having received excellent reviews for all our pantomimes. We are looking forward to rehearsing our next pantomime ‘The Princess and the Pea’ for 202? – who knows! Though the exact date and month is still up in the air. Once again it is our own adaptation based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale.
During the summer of 2015 Chilworth hall was updated, adding much needed lighting and sound systems. And the group was granted a Community grant by TVBC which helped pay for additional sound equipment. And also in 2018 they helped us again, we needed a new electronic keyboard.
We always welcome new faces whether your interest is performing, helping back stage or front of house. However, we are always desperate for someone to do the sound and lighting, our knowledge is very limited. Or if you would like to sponsor us we will advertise your business in our programme.
We consist of family and friends with the same vision – putting on a successful production for the local community, whilst having fun. We are a group that work together and support each other throughout the show and enjoy meeting up each week.
We meet Wednesday evenings between 7.30 and 9.30pm. September to February. Please contact me for details. And from January we rehearse on Sundays too.
Contact: Rachel 07900 095898
Give us a call on 07900 095898 or 07503 090950 or email if you’d like to come along, don’t be shy, we’d be very happy to meet you.
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