FDS - Wishing on a Star poster

Wishing on a Star star

A pantomime by Helen Thrower & Verity Roberts
Saturday 26 January 2019 - Sunday 27 January 2019
& Friday 1 February 2019 - Saturday 2 February 2019
Faringdon Junior School, 26 Gloucester Street, Faringdon SN7 7HY
Directed by Helen Thrower
Producer: Debbie Lock
Musical Director: Martin Waymark

Performances start 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Doors open 30 minutes earlier. Each performance lasts approximately 2½ hours. Matinées on Saturdays and Sunday only.
Tickets: Adult £8. Child (under 16) £6. No concessions.
Tickets were available from our Online Box Office and The Gifted Magpie, 6 London Street, Faringdon.

This is a brand new pantomime written jointly by two members of the society, Helen Thrower and Verity Roberts. They were also the writers of our 2016 panto ‘Happily Ever After…?’. So if you came to that then you know you can expect another good one again this year.

StarsIn the ancient Kingdom of Durocornovium, a star falls to earth once in a hundred years to take their rightful place on the throne.  But this time things are a little different.  This time the Star has not fallen in quite the right place and everyone wants to find her. Kristian wants the Star to take back to his one true love. The Princes want the Star so that they can remain in power and the Witches of Savernake want the Star to help them regain their youth and beauty. All must brave the dreaded dragon, a den of delinquents and a forest of thieves but who will get to her first? Will finding the Star make all their wishes come true?  And will they all live happily ever after…?

A sparkling new panto, full of twists and turns, and with more than a hint of magic!

Wishing On A Star 2019 Odn CertificateWishing On A Star 2019 Odn Competition

star 3rd place in the Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) Pantomime Competition 2019.

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Photos and video copied from Facebook so not best quality or size

You may or may not be interested to know that Durocornovium was a typical Romano-British town that existed from 50-450 AD. It was situated on Ermine Street, the Roman road between Cirencester and Silchester (now partly the A419) at what is now Nythe Farm on the eastern outskirts of modern Swindon. Our story is post-Roman and set many centuries after the Saxons completely demolished the town, using the stone to build Swindon (pig hill). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durocornovium)

Also, at about 6 pm on Wednesday 9th April 1628 a shooting star passed low over Faringdon and landed 3 miles away on Baulking Green with, it was quoted at the time, a “hideous rumbling in the air; and presently after followed a strange and fearful peal of thunder”. The stone broke in the fall and the largest piece was recorded at 19.5lb, which would have been bigger than a tennis ball and travelling at around 400 mph when it hit the ground. (http://historicfalls.com/pre-scientific-falls/hatford-meteorite/)

Cast (in order of appearance):

Kristian - ABBY BENSON
Dame Ariel Bucket - SARAH VARNOM
The Witches of Savernake: Griselda - SCOOBY CARTER
Esmerelda - MILLIE GREEN*
The Princes: Fitzroy - JACOB BAYLISS
Boatman / Innkeeper / Dandy Highwayman - DUNCAN SINCLAIR
Galaxy the Minstrel - JAYNE HOYLAND
Isabella - KIA HOWARD
King Goddard - RODDY BENSON
Lord Uppham - GARY FIELD
Malarkey - BYRON POUND
Servants to the Princes: Servant 1 - James Colson*
Servant 2 - Samantha Viner*
Servant 3 - Tom Sutton*
Customer 1 - Skye Farquhar*
Customer 2 - Maisie Brame*
Customer 3 - Ruby Rixon*
Customer 4 - Lauren Habgood*
Highwaymen - Isabelle Dawson; Sam Tate; Kayleigh Booth; Simon Couzens*; Millie Long; Debbie Lock; Kia Howard
Minstrels - Jan Crowdson; Jack Metcalf; Carole Tappenden; Julie Childs; Lynne Puddifoot*; Finlay Farquhar*; Henry Marlow
Sprites / Draglets - Tabitha Green*; Hanna Miozga*; Iona Sucksmith*; Lilyana Isaksen-Clarke*; Romilly Tinson*; Willow Tate*
Imps - Daniel Watson*; Pearl Hampshire*; Alfie Long*; Dexter Kent*; Cecily Roberts*; Griffynn Isaksen-Clarke*
Orchestra: piano - Christopher Fletcher-Campbell
drums - Nick Morris
guitar - Richard Lock
bass guitar - Martin Waymark

See programme for further details.

Production No.194 (6 shows were performed over 4 days)