Bill Scott and the Miracle team are some of the warmest folk I have ever worked with so joining the family again for this years Christmas show is a bit like coming home. Bill taught me many moons ago at the Hub theatre school surrounded by many fervent students eager to get lead parts. He managed to be the most calmest supportive teacher in what was essentially a bloodthirsty battle ground! Since then I have been lucky enough to work on several projects with Bill as both an actor and assistant director. We have shared many hilarious rehearsals and tense opening nights together so are well prepared for the chaotic delights of Panto.
We made a Victorian version of Aladdin around 12 years ago, Bill wrote a corker of a show with some priceless comedy moments. It is definitely one of the funniest Miracle projects I have worked on. Many of the rehearsals led to us all weeping with laughter once again! We are setting this version in Falmouth 1942 being performed by the eccentric Willoughby-Brown family doing their bit for the war effort. As the local community try to struggle through the idea of celebrating yet another desperate Christmas the Willoughby-Browns are preparing an extraordinary one-off performance of their famous homemade pantomimes.
We are having a ridiculous amount of fun working with our multi-talented cast, all of whom have so many surprises hidden up their leotards. The uniqueness of this bunch will ensure an endless supply of brilliantly bizarre characters delivering tightly choreographed comedy, story telling and song, we hope you’ll enjoy it! Kyla Goodey
“We are so pleased to be returning to Falmouth with our Aladdin, for what is rapidly becoming an annual tradition!” says Bill Scott, Miracle’s Artistic Director. “Apart from an anatomically challenged pantomime camel, the most unusual and appealing feature of this production is the ‘show within a show’ element, where as well as enjoying all the usual seasonal fun – “it’s behind you, oh no it isn’t!” – the audience is allowed glimpses into the backstage world, with the Miracle cast playing ‘The Willoughby-Brown Family’ struggling to give a polished performance while the wheels gradually fall off their theatrical cart!”
The show features a brand-new combination of Miracle on-stage acting and musical talent, with Cinderella and Bah Humbug stars Tom Adams, Keri Jessiman, Giles King and Hannah Stephens being joined on the Pavilion stage by Holly Cassidy (Frankenstein, Dr Livingstone, I Presume), Rose McPhilemy (The Cherry Orchard) and regular Miracle face, Benjamin Dyson.
“I’m excited that we have been able to assemble a cast of Miracle stars, all of whom are natural comedians, blessed with all the talents needed to tell a classic story in a most original and entertaining way.” Continues Bill “And what a creative team! Once again we’ll be enjoying the benefit of Tom Adams’ unique songwriting abilities, a whole new world of costume and set designs from Jude Munden (this will be her 29th production for Miracle!) and the brilliant physical theatre and choreography skills of co-director Kyla Goodey – four heads are definitely better than one!” Bill Scott
We had such a blast last month at Asda Penryn with our Make Do & Mend Christmas decorations, we couldn’t wait to get back out there and continue spreading some Christmas joy!
That’s why we have two events coming up and this time we want you to come and join us!
The Miracle van will be out on the road, transformed into our Make Do & Mend bunker with scrap materials and guides on how to make your own plastic-free decorations.
Dates for your diaries:
Saturday 17 November – The Moor, Falmouth
Saturday 24 November – Lemon Quay, Truro
Click HERE for and download some of our decoration guides so you can make them at home!
We’re looking for enthusiastic, hard working volunteers to join our front of house team this Christmas to help with selling programmes and raffle tickets, stewarding, and generally being a friendly Miracle face.
This year we’re stepping back in time to 1943 as the Willoughby-Brown family bring one of their famous home-spun pantomimes to the Princess Pavilion with the classic fairytale, Aladdin.
With this in mind, we have a few plans for ways we can really get that 1940’s homemade Christmas feel in the auditorium, and that includes you!
If you’re interested in finding out more or would like to get involved with our front of house team, just email firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s Christmas so we understand you won’t be able to come along to every performance, but we do ask that volunteers sign up for at least 5 performances.
It’s a lot of fun and a great way to get that fuzzy, festive feeling this Christmas!
Miracle Theatre is turning the clock back to 1943, wartime Britain this December with a unique & hilarious version of the classic tale Aladdin. Inspired by the era, we have gathered some ideas for you to feel festive 1940’s style by making your own hand-crafted paper decorations. For all details on Aladdin click HERE
We’ve picked our three favourite plastic-free recycle friendly decorations that you can make at home this Christmas. Some of them are super easy and can be made by the whole family, whilst others are a little bit more fiddley if you’re looking for a challenge!
These are really simple to assemble and can be made out of whatever you have in the house! To download a how to guide, click HERE
Again, these can be made out of any paper you have lying around the house and are nice and easy for children, but might need a bit of parental assistance to assemble. Click HERE to download a guide.
This is the most difficult of our three decoration makes but is worth it as it’s a really versatile decoration you can either hang around the house, or on your Christmas tree. Download the guide HERE, plus we recommend you also download a template to help you HERE.
We loved working with all the lovely Bah Humbug partners last year and are excited to see the campaign return for 2018.
As an Aladdin partner, you will secure your own Royal Box for you and 8 of your team or clients, as well as your own branded bauble on the Miracle Christmas Tree, as well as credit and logo opportunities.
The Falmouth Christmas Tree Festival is hosted at Princess Pavilion again this year, and we’ll be dressing a tree to showcase our partners. You can design and brand your own bauble for the tree and it will be on display from the beginning of December right the way through to the new year, visible at every one of our performances.
In order to reduce single use plastics, we have changed our baubles this year, meaning everything on our tree will be made out of paper in true 1940s style – make do and mend!
In addition to this, you will also receive your logo on our website, a big thank you in our programme and a Royal Box to seat up to 8 people at one of our performances, all for just £250.
You also have the opportunity to donate a prize for our raffle draw which will take place at every performance, giving you another opportunity for us to name-check to our audiences.
We have up to 30 spots available for raffle prizes.
The Royal Boxes were hugely popular last year, giving an extra special experience to seeing the show. They will be offered to partners who sign up on a first-come, first-served basis so make sure you let us know which performance you’d like to attend asap to avoid disappointment!
We’ve already opened the Royal Box auction to the general public so to receive the best availability, send over your preferred dates as soon as possible. You can become an Aladdin partner at any time, but in order to receive the maximum exposure we recommend you get in touch by 2nd November.
Bid for a Box is back for a third year!
You now have the chance to win one of our popular boxes – which seats up to 8 people – to share with your friends and family via Sealed Bids.
“Our family loved watching Cinderella from the Royal Box in Falmouth. You get a great view from the seats, really close to the action, plus feel very VIP, if only for a few hours!” Sarah Ferrie, Royal Box Winner 2016
Enjoying the show from a Royal Box will be a priceless experience – however, in order to start somewhere, we invite offers of over £135!
How do I BID?
Just tell us the amount you are bidding, your preferred performance date & time and your contact details – then cross your fingers!
Call: 01209 216 762 between 10am & 5pm Mon-Fri
Email: email@example.com with ROYAL BOX BID in the subject line.
**Please read this important information before placing your bid**
We will endeavour to allocate your box to your preferred performance time & date, however in the case of multiple bidders all wanting the same performance; the box will go to the highest bidder.
Access: In order to gain a bird’s eye view of the show The Royal boxes will be raised and therefore accessed via a series of steps.
DEADLINE: Friday 2nd November – GOOD LUCK ALL!
We had extra fun at Miracle HQ last week, when we welcomed the full cast of Aladdin in for a couple of production research and development days.
There is always a fizz and extra buzz about the place when we all get together at the very beginning of a project. Flutters in the tummy (we all get them!) lots of noisy excitement erupting when we meet those we already know and those meeting for the first time. Eventually, we all settled down, mug in hands to listen to Bill & Kyla talk through their ambition and ideas for this bright new shiney production – before they then open it up to the table.
And so it begins, discussions quickly move on to games, character improvisation, a dash to the costume store, screening of archive footage of Falmouth taken at Christmas during WW2, dancing, the eating of a Christmas dinner, more dancing and music. Lot of music. Along with some known (and some not so well known songs from the era), Tom Adams, has begun writing some original music that we expect will have us all humming over the next couple of months.
So the bones of Aladdin characters have time now to gently develop and inform Bill’s writing over the next couple of weeks.
Full rehearsals start at the beginning of November, continuing straight through to opening night – we’ll keep you updated on all fabulous things going on behind the scenes right here!