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What a fantastic night was shared by everyone who attended the Sixth Salute to Pantomime at Guthlaxton Community College in Wigston.

The night was hosted by Matt Wesson from the Blue Balloon Company (he mentioned this several times during the evening, its a web site full of panto scripts....note to all forthcoming directors and producers).  We kicked off with extracts from the Leicestershire world of pantomimes.  

Well done especially to Jarrod, Gill, Celestine and Lesley who waited in the wings whilst the first 3 groups performed and came on in true style and character for our favouritest panto song ever...The song that goes like this.  We cheered, the audience laughed and Madge cried (as she does every time its performed).  Gill and Jarrod did a fantastic job filling a massive stage with their ballad whilst Celly and Lesley got up to their naughty choreographied antics in the background.  We were all really, really proud to see you performing for Elaps on this momentus occassion.  Well done!

Oh yes, it was momentus indeed.......after another 4 panto extracts, there was a brilliant panto cow dance where a 2 person cow (you know the pantomime type) did a full legs in the air rolly polly (hhmm can we do that on our stage) to the sound of "Shout".  This was followed by a 20 minute interval and a fantastic endless finger buffet (how do they put all that food on for 1.00 a head?).  We then settled back in our chairs in nervous anticipation of the awards.

Our compere's began, the first Gold envelope was read....it was Set Design and the first nominations were Geri Wilson and Jason Billin...well, we couldn't contain ourselves.  First award nominations and we were at the top of the list, the adrenalin started pumping at that point and the excitment began.  Our first nomination for the evening.

It then came to the Dancing Award and Emma Heaths name was read out for our choreography.  Nomination number 2.  OK if it all ends here, we've done as well as last year...but it didn't stop there!

One of the new awards for this year was the best supporting role (female), and the name out of the bag was Me...Hayley Masom, Nomination Number 3...yippee we've beaten last years!

Then the Best young person in an acting role,  last to be read out was Mike Barclay...fantastic, nomination number 4 and the winner of the award was........MIKE BARCLAY.......what brilliant fantastic news our first real award...well done Mike you really deserve it and we know you were'nt there but when Sonya went up to recieve it on your behalf we felt so very, very proud.

Then came Best Principle Boy and Larissa Oates was nominated, thus proving a worthy winner of our Nikki Dinnie award.  I turned to look at Larissa she too was blushing and I know feeling that same pumping rush I had minutes earlier.  Nomination number 5!  

What a night, we were all so very proud of ourselves, everyone was gleaming at each other waving fingers in the air going 5, 5 nominations.

Then they took centre stage for the very last award the Blue Balloon Trophy for Pantomime of the Year.   There were 3 nominations, and normally they announce a third, second and first for the trophy.  But they couldn't decide on the 2nd and 3rd place so had decided to call it a joint 2nd and that went to...........ELAPS!!!  OK so we shared the glory with Wycliffe Drama Group I have to mention this incase anyone from the Alliance is reading this, but what absolute fantastic news all round for us.

There we were just going along, hoping for a repeat performance of 2 nominations and we had SIX nominations in total, 1 Award and a 2nd overall in the competition...HOW GREAT IS THAT.

For all you guys out there that helped in making Aladdin an award winning nomination show WELL DONE.  A special well done to Sonya Oates as its a real reflection on what a great leader and director she has been for the show and its something that truly shows the skills and ability of our little group.  A group that undoubted has the smallest stage in the county, but the biggest heart and the greatest bunch of people making it all happen.

Oh yes, at this point I guess I should mention the winners who were Duckpond Players performing an original script entitled "Shoe".  They were nominated for light/sound, Original script (which they won), Best animal the cat (which they won) and Best comedy Duo (which they won ).  

Our joint 2nd place was with Wycliffe who were nominated in original script,  Singing (which they won), Supporting Male Role - Wishy/Washy (which they won), best animal, Comedy Duo, Dame (which they won) and Villain.

An excellent night for everyone....so don't forget to let Jean or myself know if you're thinking of the panto this year and want the adrenalin rush of the stage, our audiences and a potential nomination and maybe even an award for 2008!....

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