Wroughton Amateur Dramatic And Musical Society (WADAMS) is already starting to think about the winter, and pantomimes in particular.
In July, they will be looking around the Swindon area for actors young and old take part in our Christmas Panto, which this year will be "Babes in the Wood". This year’s show requires a pantomime horse, so if you want to be on stage without having to learn any lines this could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for.
WADAMS is a well-established theatre group (established 1964, so coming up for its 50th year) which has encouraged a number of local writers to put pen to paper for drama, as well as putting on plays by established authors.
Kate Northcott-Evans has previously contributed "Snow White and Rose Red", while Rob and Tina Burbidge have contribute a long list of pantomimes including this year’s script.
For "Babes in the Wood", the classic panto baddie Sir Fleecin de Poore, the Sheriff of Nottingham, plots to get rid of his young wards, and marry Maid Marion, to make himself rich. Meanwhile he is foiled by Robin Hood and his merry men – or so it seems. In this telling of the tale we also have a Dobbin the Pantomime Horse, Dodge and Bodge the Sheriff’s henchmen, and Chips the cook. Children and Adults alike can take part, since WADAMS also has a well-established junior section.
The society’s members are drawn from all over Swindon and put on productions at the Ellendune Centre, which has a surprisingly large stage for a village venue. This year, thanks to a generous grant from the Co-Op, the society obtained some new lighting equipment which will be donated to the Ellendune Hall.
To find out about "Babes in the Wood" WADAMS is holding an open evening on 11 July at the Ellendune Centre (Stage Door Entrance) starting at 7.45pm. The following week, 18 July, will be auditions at 7.45pm. The show will be directed by Tina Burbidge.
Further information is available at www.wadams.tk or call01793 435343