On Tuesday 17 September the Octagon Theatre invited local press and the cast and producers of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to launch the panto season in style with a day of photographs, interviews and meetings.
Emily Wood and Paul Hendy, our wonderful producers, arrived excited to be back at the Octagon following the runaway success of last year’s Evolution Productions pantomime, Aladdin. No sooner had they arrived then the cast were upon us, including: Steve Bennett, our brilliant Dame, Eddie Dredge, our hilarious Muddles, Sarah Aveling, our despicable Wicked Queen, and George Appleby, Chris Brockwell, Jamie Legg, Andrew Martin, Michael Walter, Brian Wheeler and Ben Wilcox, our fantastic Magnificent Seven!
We started day with cast, press and staff at the Octagon getting to know each other ready for this exciting new season of pantomime. Then the cast got into costume and had their photos taken outside of the theatre in and around our brand new wrapped Land Rover known to Octagon staff as ‘Snowy’! Have you seen it driving around? If so let us know!
Next it was time for some lunch followed by interviews with press and the Octagon team. All our interviews with cast members and producers of Evolution Productions are up on our You Tube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/octagonyeovil.
And then….just as we were all set to head over to Ninesprings for a magical woodland photo shoot…the heavens opened! So it was straight to the beautifully charming National Trust property, Montacute House!
At Montacute House Len Copland, Chief Photographer for the Western Gazette, took photos of the cast around the House as we filmed the action behind the scenes. Keeps an eye out for our video giving you a behind the scenes look into Press Launch Day! We were also lucky enough to chat to the manager of Montacute House who was delighted to see us back after our previous photo shoot for Cinderella in 2011.
Everyone had great fun having their photos taken and getting to explore the House – Eddie Dredge, aka Muddles, even took to explaining some rather unusual features he spotted in the House!
And then it was time to say goodbye for now as we eagerly await the return of Evolution Productions for panto rehearsals in November.
To see the some of the photos from the press launch check out our Facebook page: facebook.com/The OctagonTheatre.
To have a look at the amazing photos taken that day please visit. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.590244767704545.1073741834.110147315714295&type=3
More panto news to follow soon…