My love affair with musical theatre began in 1963 when my parents took me to the Palladium Theatre to see ‘Calamity Jane’ starring Lyn [now Lyn Emmerson] as ‘Calamity’.
Years later, in 1990, I chaperoned for Llandudno Musical Players in the Arcadia Theatre when my daughter, Paula, appeared as one of the fairground children in ‘Carousel’.
After chaperoning for a few years, I joined in 1995 for the production of ‘My Fair Lady’ as a social member.
During rehearsals, members were asked to form a sewing circle to make some of the rough costumes to help bring down costs [it was difficult even then!] I volunteered [they say you should never do that don’t they?], and the rest, as they say, is history.
Since then, I have helped build up a vast wardrobe of costumes which have come from many sources and kind donations from the local community.[ We have a small storeroom which we are quickly growing out of, so if anyone knows of a larger, cheap unit, please let us know!]
I have served as ‘wardrobe mistress’ on many shows for Llandudno Musical Players, Llandudno Operatic Society, Llandudno Musical Productions, Colwyn Bay Operatic Society and helped Llandudno Youth Musical Theatre in their productions.
Some of the shows I have worked on include: Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Oliver! Oklahoma! My Fair Lady, Annie, Kiss Me Kate, Hello Dolly, Calamity Jane, Summer Holiday, Anything Goes, Singin’ in the Rain, Sweet Charity, Scrooge, Copacabana, Bugsy Malone, Me and My Girl, A Right Song and Dance, Come Fly With Me and the summer seasons.
Hiring out costumes to neighbouring towns and societies has brought in a steady, if small, income for LMP and has helped other groups to stage shows at a fraction of the cost.
I have been pleased to serve on various social, publicity and executive committees over the years and have made many new friends at the same time.
When the two societies merged in 2003 I was delighted to be chosen to serve on the new Executive committee and took on board the task of writing the quarterly newsletter to help keep past and present members and friends in touch with the society. I am pleased to hand over what I believe to be an essential part of the LMP structure to Kathryn Hewish and wish her every success with future issues.
Love to you all,