Tarvin Community Centre
Tarvin Methodist Church
By Tarvin Community Centre - 8th December 2015 6:00am
Though pantomime has theatrical roots that go back hundreds of years, the Christmas Panto is a very English tradition. A delightful version of this was performed at the Community Centre on Saturday afternoon, when Bitesize Theatre brought Jack and the Beanstalk along to the delight of a large audience.
Tickets had sold steadily both locally and on-line so it was with real regret that prospective customers had to be turns away at the door. Sue Hardacre, who looks after the publicity said "When I finally collected the money from the Post Office I was amazed at the number of tickets sold. Indeed, for one minute I thought I had sold more tickets than chairs available, and I was very relieved to discover that I had made a counting mistake! I was so sorry to have to disappoint prospective customers on the night, but the safety and comfort of the audience had to be our main concern".
Bitesize Theatre is based in Wrexham and was formed in 1992 to create high quality drama for young people. They specialise in productions for schools and their pantos contain a good mixture of music, comedy and physical theatre together with the nuggets of adult jokes to keep the grown-ups entertained. Working in schools means they bring their own self-contained scenery which is why the production took place on the floor of the Hall rather than the stage. However the seating was raised in part of the Hall to try and ensure that the 190 + audience had the best possible view. A great deal of hard physical work was done to build and take down the staging so that the Hall could still be used by other events on both the Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Sue said "It is so satisfying to see so many people enjoying themselves and to have so many compliments about the show. As they were leaving the company gave me the booking form for the 2016 panto, and I think we will have them again"
Most of the audience went on to enjoy themselves at the Christmas Market as Tarvin started getting into the Christmas spirit with enthusiasm.
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