This past week has been all about the Marine Players and their performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’. 

They arrived on Sunday for their ‘get-in’ and brought with them costumes, scenery and masses and masses of chocolates and sweets. I’ve noticed that with every am-dram group that performs at the Marine, there are always vast quantities of sweets. I’ve come to the conclusion it’s to keep their adrenaline and general buzz of excitement going.

it’s not so easy locating the tea bags and milk when you can’t see your hand in front of your face

It was the technical rehearsal on Tuesday which involved creating a London fog the likes of which Lyme has never seen. Our smoke machine was more than up to the job and it wasn’t long before not only the auditorium was enveloped in a thick mist but the foyer also had an eerie Hammer Horror feel to it. It was interesting making my mid-morning cuppa, it’s not so easy locating the tea bags or milk when you can’t see your hand in front of your face!

I went along to see the performance on Friday night; it always feels slightly odd returning to the theatre as a punter after an hour or so of being at work. Our wonderful front of house volunteers often have to do a double take when I queue up to buy my ticket.

it means no more worries about what to get them each Christmas

We saw a flurry of activity with our Theatre Friends membership including some people who are buying it as a Christmas present for friends and relations. Which is a brilliant idea because it means no more worries about what to get them each Christmas when renewal comes up.

Since we got our wedding licence we have seen a big increase in wedding bookings, I can’t wait to see how our first one pans out. We are experts when it comes to the reception and our technician, Pete Hackett, is the absolute top dog for making sure the bride and groom’s day runs smoothly.

Julie Sheppard is one of Lyme’s jazz royalty

The week ended with the Jazz Jurassica party. Julie Sheppard is one of Lyme’s jazz royalty and puts on a fantastic show each year pulling in all the well known musicians and singers. I was handed a large margarita when I arrived, Julie’s own recipe. I was reminded of that theatrical fog when I woke the next morning, not so much with the buzz, more the fuzz of jazz Julie’s party cocktail.

 

A Christmas Carol, Christmas presents and the first of the Christmas parties

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