Mother Goose castings are all but complete – a few final members to add to the “eggciting” line up and we are ready to ” roll”
Egg puns aside – this panto has proved incredibly difficult to cast – not least of all because so much fresh faced talent is now appearing on the Spires Theatre Scene
The Right Start workshops held mid August allowed us to see some Studio Times members who have not as yet had STS opportunities in which to shine. From p6- S6 there is now a good core of new PACE ready to step up and be counted as part of Spires Theatre Scene performance this Autumn/ Winter term 2013.
Many are on the STED programmes and busy getting ready for the Verona Cup Challenge 2013 which takes place in early October – others wait for Tuedsay 17th September – the start of Mother Goose 2013!
Yes- it has been hard to cast PACE panto this year; a smaller stage playing area than usual and costume limits – it seemed I was never going to be able to make the cut!
But after – what seems ages since auditions – we have our “approximate” teams ( like I said a few lines still to confirm)
We are all about the ” troika” this year !!
“What’s a Troika ?” (Go do your research my little theatre comrades)
This is a Russian styled pantomime built on “Troika and Eggs” (Faberge ones – all the way)”
Like the post picture says – “it’s what’s inside that COUNTS ”
And we should know by now – that the PACE panto is not just about the moves or the song words – it is about the extra work you are prepared to put in to get maximum team spirit – OUT
Every “Matryoshka” has a progression at its’heart – from the biggest to the smallest – from the most seasoned pace performer to the least experienced new one.
Each Team has a carefully balanced stacking system at its’ core – one which each team member must understand and appreciate – so as to fit – “just right” in each panto chorus cast.
Just like the Russian dolls that we have probably all seen or played with – in one form or another at some point in our lives
So It doesn’t matter what number you are or what name your chorus part carries – what matters is how you embrace the many artistic challenges this panto will set – how you fit as part of your team ” doll”.
A piece of necessary panto advice -:
Do not get hung up on who is above or below you in your team – get hanging out knowing your team shadows – for therein lies your real panto challenge – to keep up with the stage PACE they will set for you all to follow.
There may be 4 shadows but there is only ever one chorus character – and the transition from team to team for this character – that you too will play – should be artistcally seamless – we want all 4 to shine in the same way – not just the one.
And perhaps by worrying more about what your team shadows are like and less about who is seemingly higher than you up the “non existent” chorus chain – you will have a more enjoyable panto and a better chance of performing well in rehearsals and ultimately – on stage.
You have been put together for a purpose – and maybe by recognising that you are kind of similar – you will discover what you all must focus on – in terms of your performance.
We can help you with this and you can use the panto project as a chance to work on performance skills that maybe still need honed. Your physical presence or your mindset or even developing a clearer and more articulate stage voice.
Everyone from the outside edges of the team right to the inner core needs work! You never stop learning even whilst performing in a show. The performer who does – looses their X factor.
Even the team leaderships will view this as their greatest challenge yet. Their task is eggnormous – their task is to bring you together from the inside smallest – to the outside tallest and 7 weeks to do it in.
It will be interesting to see what Team stacks first into neat place – like the perfect Russian “Matryoshka” Doll; the theme I have creatively settled on for this year’s panto.
“Matryoshka!” – a nest of family.
Personally and from long experience at these things I think it will be the Team who is happy to leave their “ego” in the cloakroom with their “baggage” and who enter the rehearsal space ” a happy Mother Goose village ” and nothing else!
Tchaikovsky – the musician composer
Bolshoi- the opera /ballet
Chekhov – the playwright/ writer
Stanislavski -the actor/ director
4 great Russian Artists to inspire 4 potentially wonderful PACE Panto Teams for 2013.
Culture up for a Russian extravaganza!
And here’s to snow filled rehearsals and jingling sleigh bell Teams – all the way till Christmas
See you on the 17th!
Mother Russia x