Friday 22 and Saturday 23 October 2010
Pictures by Edward Wyatt and Brian Wood
From the December 2010 edition of the Prestbury Parish Magazine:
Half-term began well with the CHADS Autumn production in Prestbury Hall. We went anticipating an evening of fun and were not disappointed: they are a versatile and talented team who had prepared a varied programme of songs, dances and sketches, with plenty of the local references that appeal to an audience of friends and neighbours. Subjects ranged from parodies of Shakespeare to behaviour in church, songs from the shows and cookery demonstrations. The two charming young dancers starred in several scenes, while the more mature actors provided humorous dialogues or monologues, interspersed with farce. Four Girls Bright and Beautiful, ending with the pantomime-inspired descent of one lovelorn ‘girl’ into the audience to select an unwilling partner, was particularly funny.
The sketch which I most enjoyed was Silence is Golden, in which the whole cast, dressed as Trappist monks, filed creepily up the sides of the darkened hall to the stage, to give a silent rendering of the Hallelujah Chorus. Nick Moore conducted with frantic energy as a recording of the music was played, while the monks held up cards showing the key words. The cards bobbed up in all directions, faster and faster, and one monk was overwhelmed by the speed, lost his place and caused chaos, to the delight of the audience.
Nick Moore, the musical director, provided accompaniment and continuity with great verve, while Michael Brick was a confident, unflappable compère.
The production raised £1,244.42, of which £1,000 will go to Let the Children Live! and £244.42 to Prestbury Hall. Pauline Allen, administrator of Let the Children Live!, gave a short presentation about the charity’s work with vulnerable street children in Colombia.
CHADS would like to thank the Trustees of Prestbury Hall for allowing us to use
the Prestbury Hall.
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