We did it! Hi-de-Hi is now all done and dusted. The show went very smoothly and, by all accounts, was a great success. The audiences each night cheered, laughed, joined in with shouting ‘Ho-de-Ho’ at regular intervals and the cast were relieved and delighted at the response.
It was a nice easy run for me. I wasn’t on much in the first Act so sat in the dressing room devouring Maltesers and fruit pastilles, listening to the performance which was relayed through the speakers in our dressing rooms. The second act required more of me and was over in a flash. Unlike our musicals which tend to go on until after 10pm, this show finished by 9.30pm so I was back home with a cuppa not long after 10pm.
I’m so proud to have been part of such a great cast. One of the main comments has been that everyone suited their role. We had a brilliant Jeffrey, Gladys, Peggy and Ted plus all the supporting cast matched people’s expectations. It can be difficult to take on a very familiar sitcom in this way – audiences have a clear recollection of the actors playing each character. I think we managed to do each character justice which, for a small amateur dramatic group, is quite an achievement. With appropriate costumes, slick scene changes with apt 50s music, good lighting, sound, set and props, I think we brought Maplins Holiday Camp to life.
Here are a few photos taken during dress rehearsal night to give you a little flavour of the production.
|Ted Bovis (Martin Tyrrell) and Spike Dixon (Zack Colam)
|Jeffrey Fairbrother (Daran Bland) and Peggy (Daisy Ivatt)
|Staff Meeting with me perched on arm of chair.
|The Sand Dance – Egyptian night entertainment with Fred Quilley and Mr Partridge
(Brett Moore and Ben White)
|Sylvia Garnsey (me) and Gladys Pugh (Colette Coleman)|
|Hilary Bovis (Anita Heaton), Jeffrey Fairbrother and Ted Bovis|