Run…Run…Run…Run Away! Spamalot!

 

Hello, you gorgeous lot you!

I hope you have all had a fantastic Easter!

I aim to bring you a sneaky peek of what’s happening in rehearsals and introduce the cast and crew of Spamalot. Our fearless Herd Leaders, Alex Hinton and Lisa Lowarch have high expectations and we intend to meet them, in what will be an amazing production of Spamalot!

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Rehearsal Diary: Week Five

It really is amazing to see how it all comes together and how we are all up for standing in when necessary. If you missed last weeks post, click here!

Sian is warming us up a treat, inspiring music and all. It did however turn into a karaoke session as “The Scientist” by Coldplay came on towards the end. As we contorted our limbs and stretched, we all sang along…”Nobody said, it was easy…” No truer words have been uttered, as we all aimed to touch the floor…with flat hands. I’m sweating just thinking about it.

This week saw lot’s of fab moments: Laura, Emma and myself stood in for what will be a giant wooden rabbit.

I think we did a good job and took our role seriously 🙂

One of my favourite moments came when Patrick, (French taunter) was really going for it, his accent is fab! At the end he pursed his lips together and blew…alot. He suddenly stopped and said, in a very british voice: “Oh! I do think I’ve over raspberried!”

Cue cast ,chuckling and laughing.

I have been taking my note-book to rehearsals and letting everyone write in it…or in Matt’s case drawing pictures! Which I will take photo’s of at some point. For now though here is Bec’s words of the day; “I get all the best show nicknames, a cast member has just greeted me with “hello armpits!” If you want to know why…book tickets lol 🙂

Our Laker girls are superb and wow can they dance! During the Can- Can section of ‘Run Away’ Joe (Lancelot) almost got caught by Lotty’s super high kick.

Another fab moment came courtesy of James (King Arthur), I think this really shows the thought process behind the characters 🙂

James: Is it a Canter, a trot or a gallop? ( James looks at Ryan (Patsy) who looks down at his coconuts and shrugs) A big discussion on cantering and trotting ensues and how they look different.

James: Well what was I doing? I mean, is there ever a gallop?

Alex: No, they never gallop!

We all chuckle and smile.

James : Well, nobody look at me!

More giggles before the scene starts again…with a trot!

 

Meet the Cast!

Up first this week, is the gorgeous Laura Davies!

Mad cow productions holds a very special place in my heart. As a child, I was lucky enough 20160328_154209 (1)to have got the “stage bug” from my time with Lisa and Alex at Stage coach and treasure the childhood memories that I have.

I trained professionally at East 15 and after having my 2 children decided something was missing!! So I approached Alex and was welcomed with open arms into the herd.

I loved being part of ‘Kiss me Kate’ and ‘Crazy for You’ It really pushed me in terms of dancing,  but I adored every minute of it. I then had the opportunity after being inducted back into the world of theatre, to play Reno Sweeney in ‘Anything Goes’ for TADLOP. Everyone at Madcow’s were extremely supportive and made me realise how much being on the stage means to me!

When it was announced that they had the rights to Spamalot, I had to come back… What can I say! Growing up in the 80’s I am proud to say that I was a “Monty Python geek” and I can’t think of a more wonderful combination, my fabulous mad cow friends and Monty Python! This show is a laugh a minute and what Alex, Lisa and Chris have done with it is something very special, every audience member is in for a treat!

Next up is the… Fantastic James Ashfield, our very own King Arthur!

20160328_153614  I first came to Mad Cow last year and was lucky enough to play Edna in Hairspray. I never realised until I portrayed her how MUCH I was going to love getting a dress on. I still have my sparkly gold high heels in my cupboard, which I occasionally do the house work in.

I am THRILLED to be still wearing gold shoes with the addition of a gold crown this year, (maybe some nice gold pants too) for the role of Arthur king of the Britons. A role I am loving SO much I have named my new cat Arthur. It’s a fantastically fun show that has something for everyone, (except for stuffed olives I don’t believe we have any of those) and there is a fantastic company spirit in Mad Cow that makes every rehearsal such fun.

I propose that next year we do a show that involves stuffed olives. I like those!

 

The Amazing Emma Burrows !

I joined mcp three years ago, but only took to the stage with them to play the devil Daria – who was mostly a dead body in stage…. I’ve enjoyed parts such as Nancy in Oliver and Calamity in Calamity Jane in recent years – so being part of the ensemble has been a different experience for me. Spamalot seemed like fun, so I decided to have a go!FB_IMG_1459176212667

The cast at mcp is amazing and I’ve really enjoyed working with them all. It’s difficult being in the ensemble – harder than being a principle bizarrely! More varied and slightly bonkers. I’m loving being the dancing nun with Harry as my priest! We intend to steal the show 😀

 

 

And last but not least… The Stunning, Lotty Holder!

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Hi, I’m Lotty and I play a Laker Girl in the wonderful Spamalot!

This role has been so much fun as its so versatile with fantastic costumes and props (which reminded me of a mermaid so double fantastic!) The opportunity to learn and perform many different styles of dance in one show is unique and I’m so happy to be part of the Mad Cow family which allows me to work with such wonderful people! So get your tickets now and I hope you enjoy the show!

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The Royal Throne – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction Photo Prompt

Hello all!

I hope you are well and ready for some more Flash Fiction. Today is a special day for me, it’s my mother’s 70th birthday. So, happy birthday mum, this one’s for you as you will always be our Queen Bea!  As always, we are given our photo prompt by our wonderful Friday Fictioneer leader, Rochelle . Life is manic at the moment with family and rehearsals for Spamalot the musical. To see exactly what I’ve been up to click here !

So here is my attempt for this week. I hope you enjoy it.

 

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PHOTO PROMPT – © Ted Strutz

 

The Royal Throne.

 

As day became night, they awoke.

Whispers floated on the air.

                “Blossom!”

                “What’s going on?”  She stretched her arms and arched her back allowing her silver and green wings to unfurl.

                 “You have to see it Blossom…it’s magnificent!” Daisy tugged on her.

                “Fine, but this had better not be one of your tricks.” Blossom followed Daisy.

                 The green grass was littered with Fairies and they were all staring at a huge white monument, blue and yellow pansies sprung forth from the centre.

                “This will be the new Royal throne!” Cheers erupted and clapping as Queen Bea landed amongst the flowers.

                  “Isn’t it amazing!”

                    Blossom chuckled.

                   “What?”

                   “It’s a toilet Daisy.”

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Only A Stone’s Throw Away – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction Photo Prompt

Hello all!

I hope you are well and ready for some more Flash Fiction. As always, we are given our photo prompt by our wonderful Friday Fictioneer leader, Rochelle . Life is super busy at the moment with family and rehearsals for Spamalot the musical. So here is my attempt for this week. I hope you enjoy it.

 

 

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 

                         Only A Stone’s Throw Away

 

I smile as I watch the fair haired boy from afar.

A stone skims the surface of the water, once… twice…three times and then sinks to the bottom.

He grins, revealing perfect little white teeth. He glances back to where his parents are but they’re not watching.

He steps into the rippling water.

Two steps.

Three steps.

Small arms flail, he loses his balance and disappears from sight.

I follow him into the murky water as fast as I can.

I place his dripping limp body on the river bank.

He takes his first breath, coughing and spitting out water as panicked voices draw close.

Wide blue eyes stare up at me.

“It’s not your time little one.” I whisper as I fade away.

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Clean Up – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction Photo Prompt

Hello all!

I hope you are well and ready for some more Flash Fiction. As always, we are given our photo prompt by our wonderful Friday Fictioneer leader, Rochelle . I had few ideas for this prompt, but ended up writing something completely different. So here is my attempt for this week. I hope you enjoy it.

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Clean Up

Under the light of the moon, I tug the last black bin bag out of the car boot and stumble across to the dumpster at the end of the row.

Lifting the lid up I can’t help but gag as the stench of rotting waste fills my nostrils. Holding my breath, I roll the bag over the edge and let it drop.

With shaking hands, I lower the lid and release my breath.

        Half way to the car my phone vibrates in my pocket. Removing my gloves, I swipe the screen to answer as I climb into the front seat.

       “Is he gone Lacey?” She whispers, I can hear the rhythmic beeps of the hospital equipment in her room.

       “Yes.” I glance in the mirror at the blue and purple bruises forming on my neck.

        “He won’t be coming back this time, I promise.”

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Let’s Play – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction Photo Prompt.

Here is my attempt at this weeks Friday Fictioneers photo prompt. This idea stuck out the most and made me chuckle, so I thought I’d share it with you. Thank you to Rochelle our hostess of Friday Fictioneers, for coming up with fab prompts.

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 Let’s Play.

It’s quiet.

Too quiet.

A high pitched giggle startles me and I freeze.

Where are they?

My bedroom.

I stalk forwards and open the door, “what do you think…” My mouth hangs open.

“Look what we found mummy!” Lucy shouts.

 “I’m a police officer!” Sam said.

“I like your wand mummy, it’s pink and looks like a rabbit.” She presses a button and the head starts rotating and then stops, she shakes it, “it’s not working now.”

“Mmm… How did you find my special bag?”

“Sam hid under the bed.”

“Great. Let’s tidy up shall we? Sam take the handcuffs off of your teddy…No don’t swing the whip round…Lucy take off the French maid dress…”

When they were done, I placed the bag on top of the wardrobe with a sigh.

“Are we in trouble?”

“No, but you did remind me that I need to get new batteries for Bob.” I smiled down at her.

“Who is Bob?”

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Thanks but…

…no thanks.

Maybe you should stick to colouring in – here have a pencil.

On second thoughts, give it back, these baby’s are hard to come by!

Yep, that will be another NO then. Another, don’t call us and we’ll forget we ever had your number!

But I’m telling myself it can’t be all bad as I’m getting nicer rejections.

When I first started out editors would threaten to set the dogs on me or peek from behind the curtains, pretending they’d moved. Now I’m getting personal messages saying, ‘not for us, but keep sending.’

That can’t be bad right?

Well whether it is or not, I’m still feeling sorry for myself, so clinging to my broken dreams like Gollam to his ring, here’s another picture of a cake.

This time, Rocky Road Chocolate Squares, decorated by my lovely, and now chocolate iced, boys 🙂

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Happy New Year everyone!

And what a start it’s been. I’m working on a new online magazine, writing stories, editing a book and preparing a new short story serial for publication, my head is spinning.

But in truth I’m never happier than when I’m busy. And as I have the attention span of an infant it bodes well to have a number of projects on the go at any one time.

Last year I worked and the results were mediocre at best. I had periods where it seemed I did nothing but work – completing a script with a co-writer being one of the highlights for me – but there were also times where I didn’t seem to be working at all. Instead I became some kind of sofa monster, guarding chocolate like a griffin guards treasure.

So instead of engaging in the tradition of making resolutions that I have…

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