On Monday 2nd December the cast of this year’s magical production of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ arrived at The Octagon Theatre for their first day of rehearsals. These rehearsals mark a very exciting time here at the Theatre as every room is taken over with a different aspect of pantomime prep!
Upon arrival the cast were welcomed by Adam Burgan, Arts and Entertainment Manager at The Octagon, with a quick-fire round of state your name, part and favourite Disney film – in case you were wondering ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ came out top – before Steve Bennett, resident Dame in Exeter for 15 years and our wonderful director, led the cast in their first ever read-through of this year’s brilliantly written script.
After the read-through the cast split off into separate parties and found homes in every nook and cranny of the building. Currently, if you were to take a tour of the building this is probably what you would come across…
Starting in the foyer our hilarious comic Eddie Dredge, aka Muddles, is making mischief whilst the ever-evil Sarah Aveling practices her cackle. Down the corridor our beautiful Snow White, Victoria McCabe, sings with her Prince, Daniel Oliver. In the Johnson Studio the dancers and our panto juveniles are busy perfecting their choreography; whilst, in the wardrobe room Steve Bennett is having his Dame dress fitted. Backstage our technicians are hard at work building the set, rigging the lights and testing the sound; meanwhile, up in our Café/bar The Magnificent Seven are running through their songs and dance numbers.
Today is the first time that the cast will get to try out their rehearsals on stage as they take part in the Producer’s Run – a non-costumed, non-technical rehearsal allowing the cast to try out their work on stage for the first time in order to see what works and what needs changing.
So as you can tell, everyone is working incredibly hard here at The Octagon. Our Box Office staff are taking more and more bookings for the pantomime – you might like to know that we’ve broken the Box Office record, selling more tickets for this production than for any previous Octagon Theatre pantomime! The panto cast are rehearsing into the wee hours of the morning and the technical staff are kiting out our stage with our incredible set, sound and lighting. All whilst our Front of House staff are madly unwrapping panto goodies, programmes and, most importantly, making sure we have enough ice creams to see us through all 41 fabulous performances of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’.