Sprowston Parish Players are about to celebrate their silver anniversary with a traditional panto, The Princess and the Pea.
It was 25 years ago when a group of the congregation at St Cuthbert’s Church formed an all-age drama group for the Sprowston community.
The group’s first production, at the end of January in 1993, was The Wind in the Willows.
For their latest production, the players have given new scriptwriters the opportunity to see their words acted out on stage and the Princess and the Pea has been written by Sally-Anne Clarke who, as a child, played the caterpillar in the players’ 1995 production of Alice in Wonderland.
Through the years the players have also put on a variety of different entertainments, including plays and music hall, and now present regular summer and Christmas concerts too.
When they first launched, the players had to build a stage out of large wooden blocks for each production. It was all hands on deck, often on opening night. Luckily there were always members to provide hot drinks and biscuits. In recent years they have benefited from an all-purpose platform (stage).
A spokesman said: “Having limited staging, even today, we have had to devise ingenious ways to design scenery and properties, and find ways to get them on and off the sets. Stage lighting has been installed in the church negating the need to hire and spend hours fixing them into position ready for use.”
The players are affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association, which supports over 2,500 amateur theatre groups throughout the UK.
With incredible support from the community, they have raised cash for charities with a local connection, and the church. This year’s nominated charity is Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Anyone interested in joining the players should contact Toni Morina (01603 484554)
Children from seven years are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult until the age of 12.
The Princess and the Pea can be seen in St Cuthbert’s Church, Wroxham Road, at 7.30pm on Friday January 26, at 3pm and 7.30pm on Saturday January 27, and at 3pm on Sunday January 28. Tickets cost £5 for adults, £2.50 for children. They are available from Sheila (01603 419896 or firstname.lastname@example.org), Toni (01603
484554), Chris on (01603 470500) or on the door.