Saturday, 9 April 2016

Steel Magnolias up this week!!! Get your Tickets now!!!

"I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special"---SHELBY EATENTON LATCHERIE

If you get tickets for this week's production of STEEL MAGNOLIAS you can have 2 WHOLE hours of wonderful!!!

Dress rehearsal on Thursday was exciting with helicopters flying around when we were setting everything up!

Here are some rehearsal shots of the actresses waiting to go on and helping out with cables, just to give you a taste of what you might miss if you miss this show!!!

ANNELLE: "...Miss Truvy, I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair"

CLAIREE: "Ouiser, you know I love you more than my luggage" (Ouiser & Clairee wait to go on)

Clairee and Ouiser help with the sound cables

OUSIER:  "This is it, I have found it, Im a in hell!"

SHELBY: "Remember what Daddy always says - an ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure!"

TRUVY:"There's so much static electricity in here I pick up everything except boys and money!"

Please do your self a favour and have that 2 hours of something wonderful right here in the heart of Boroughbridge next Thursday, Friday and Saturday night  it'll make you " because it increases your face value!"

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Hightimers out and about

You never know where we are going to show up these days.  A recent outing of some of our panto stars were at the Boroughbridge Library meeting with the community:

Speaking of being in the community, look out for some special ghosts on the ghost walk on Good Friday in Boroughbridge, here are of some of the ghosts walkers met up with last year:

Some others of us are in the midst of rehearsing for our next production, which is really coming along nicely, yu really won't want to miss it!

until next time, lovelies,
Be happy and creative!

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Spring Play---You won't want to miss this!!!


Announcing our next production

Rehearsals have just begun but already there's so much talent going on that it's bound to be even better than a bleeding armadillo groom's cake!

Don't you know what one of those is?  

Then you better get a ticket and find out!

We'll see you there!

In the mean time, here's a little blush and bashful link for you

"Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion"---Truvy Jones

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Tickets for Aladdin are on sale NOW!!

In other news,  some views of our Halloween party last week:


Thanks to all our participants...what do you think, should we do it again next year?

Monday, 26 October 2015

Halloween Party in 3 days, don't miss it!!!

This year's panto, our thirtieth, is Aladdin and tickets go on sale this week.  We are performing Aladdin this year in particular because it was our very first panto 30 years ago.  It's going to be our best one ever! Make sure you get your tickets sorted as soon as possible so you are not disappointed. Details below:

Friday, 9 October 2015

A bittersweet farewell from a stalwart of our Pantomimes

Believe it or not, at 17 years old I’ve been a part of the hightimers for 9 years, almost ten.  I’m stopping acting after all these years to focus more on my academic studies, however the hightimers  will always hold a special place in my heart.

My father is a Hightimer, my sister was a Hightimer and my mother has also been a Hightimer.

Frankly I didn’t stand much of chance. I remember taking to the stage in my first ever production (Peter Pan) as Michael Darling in a sky blue all in one baby grow… To this day I claim to have invented the onesie however the thought of these pictures re-emerging does still fill me with dread.

That's little me in the onesie on the left end and my Dad as the Dame on the right end
I’ve loved the plays and the pantomimes, but I’ll always feel most affection towards pantomimes.

Really, the concept of acting in one is quite bizarre. We give up 6 hours a week to rehearse from September through to November, we then spend 12 hours a week rehearsing, we put on four shows per week for the next two weeks, essentially making fun of ourselves to an audience drawn from people whom we live and work with.

I probably don’t paint the process in a very good light when I  put it down on paper. But that’s the point, it is a bit odd and you have to be a light hearted person to do it, but that means you’re doing it with people very similar to yourself.  It’s very English.  

It’s the people and the friendships you develop that make panto what it is, don’t get me wrong, there is a huge amount of satisfaction in completing a performance and being proud of what you, collectively, have created. But it’s the people you stand alongside who make it so enjoyable. ..and so hard to give up.

I am playing Michael here with my friend who played Nana in Peter Pan
No one takes themselves too seriously, in my last play I was a clown who was in fact not a clown but a gay murderer with a lawyer for a boyfriend, I challenge anyone to take THAT seriously!
Learning lines for my final performance in "Tiptoe through the Tombstones" and if the prompt at the back looks familiar, it should do, that's my Dad
If you’re reading this and thinking of joining, please do. I’ve loved my time as a part of the group, and I know others will too. 

Nine years is a long time, the annual pantomime is as much a part of Christmas for me as the tree in the living room. Very few other things capture the spirit of Christmas as much as a protagonist triumphing over the evil villain, with hilarity along the way. Of course, it isn’t just about the pantomime, all of the summer shows and play are fantastic too, and it saddens me to think that just as I reach an age where I can be cast in the plays, I have to focus my attentions elsewhere. 

But what a time I’ve had, and it’s amazing to see children, like me starting out aged 8. I know taking part will be as enjoyable for them as it was for me. And long may that continue.

Farewell dear Alex, may your future be as brilliant as you are!---from the editor

It's only appropriate to advertise our next production, our 30th Panto...

Put it on your calendar now!