One of Mrs Beeton’s recipes helped director Joan Price decide on the Mock Turtle’s costume for Creakes Drama Group’s pantomime Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
Mrs Beeton’s recipe for Mock Turtle soup starts by instructing the reader to simmer half a calf’s head which gives actor Philip Lines the chance to bounce onto the stage with a turtle’s body and the head of a cow.
Six performances at North Creake Village hall will be spread over Friday and Saturday 16/17 and 23/24 January at 7.30 pm with matinee performances on each Saturday at 3.30 pm.
The two books are played out in two acts of nine scenes, with an interval in between the acts.
It is only the second time this production will have been seen on stage. Adapted by the late Helen Flanagan, an English and drama teacher at the Wells Alderman Peel School, from the books by Lewis Carroll, it is an extremely colourful romp through one what is generally considered to be one of the best examples of English nonsense writing. It was first seen at the Granary Theatre in Wells some eight years ago.
Although having acted in previous Creake Drama Group productions, and produced plays for the Granary Theatre, it is the first time Joan Price has taken over the directing reins at Creake and her sure and experienced hand guides Alice through encounters with the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat and the Mock Turtle among others, ensuring an enjoyable evening of entertainment for both adults and children alike.
The Groups’ new chairman, Sarah Prince-White, reminds theatre-goers in the programme that many of the older generation were introduced to Alice as children and she hopes this production will lead some down a nostalgic memory lane.
Tickets - £10 for adults and £5 for under sixteen’s - can be obtained by telephoning 07818 696 660.
As always many people are involved in this production both on stage and behind the scenes. For this pantomime they number more than forty. The next production by this award-winning theatre group - the fortieth since the group was formed in 1998 - is scheduled for the middle of June. It is to be a farce, Cash on Delivery, by Michael Cooney, and auditions will take place at North Creake village hall on Sunday, February 22, at 2.30pm.
New members are always welcome and the group’s new secretary, Ann Dagless (07765 273 364), can provide more details.