2017/18 Pantos hosted by South West District
What is it?
Performing Arts is one side of YFC that not everyone thinks about however for many years, men have dressed as women, farmers have become performers and corn barns have become dance studios! The competition runs on the 3 year rotation between Drama, Pantomime & Entertainments.
Drama usually consist of a smaller cast with little singing and dancing however can be of a comical or serious note. Members have one hour to perform their drama production.
Pantomime is completely different with plenty of colour, dancing, singing and of course slapstick comedy. Like the drama, one hour is also given for the whole pantomime.
Entertainments can be a mixture of any talent including magic, dancing, singing and comedy and put together in 30 minutes.
It takes place during the winter months with the finals being held at the National AGM in early spring.
It’s a great opportunity for members to show off their talents and maybe try something new that they would never dream of doing outside YFC.
In true YFC style there is something for everyone and even if you aren’t one for treading the boards there’s always a job manning the lights and the sound and manual tasks like set building and painting!Why not give it a go, it would be fantastic to see entry numbers on an increase for Yorkshire!
Cawthorne YFC Panto
FAIRYDUST was first sprinkled on Barnsley florist Stephanie Tue when she was 11 years-old and played Tinkerbell in her local young farmers’ club pantomime.
Ever since she has loved treading the boards – oh yes she has – and even travelled to the Isle of Man when Cawthorne Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) qualified for the national finals.
Stephanie is the epitome of the old saying that if you need something doing ask a busy person. In spite of owning three flower shops she was determined to pass on her love of performing to the next generation.
She’s chairman of Cawthorne YFC and has just finished producing the very young membership in Aladdin.
“We only started in January and our first performance was on February 18th,” said Stephanie.
“There were a few nights, sat on the floor of where we meet at the Chapel Rooms in Cawthorne when I thought it was too big an ask.
“With people moving on to university we currently have a very young membership. It was an absolute credit that out of a total of 23 members, 17 of them took part in the panto.”
In the end a club from Cumbria, with a cast of over 50 and most of them seasoned performers in their 20s, were victorious but – like it was with Stephanie all those years ago – the fairydust has well and truly been spread.
“They’re now as keen as mustard to have another go,” said Stephanie. “They all loved it, it really brought us all together and it was fantastic to see the younger members growing in confidence.
“Our Widow Twankey, William Penrose, was only 15 years-old and he’s certainly a star of the future.
“We all came away pleased we did it and determined to keep entering. It was one of those cases of the taking part being far more important than the winning – it’s given us all such a buzz and I’d urge any other clubs to give it a go. It’s unlikely you will have as few members as us – or start rehearsing as late – so if we can do it anybody can. If nothing else, you’ll have a lot of fun.”
John Craddock, chairman of the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFYFC), said Cawthorne’s determination to take part should be an inspiration to others.
Cawthorne YFC meets at the chapel rooms in Cawthorne on a Tuesday night at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome.
CAST MEMBERS WERE:
Spirit of the Ring (pink hat) – Steph Tue
Aladdin – Lydia Griffiths
Widow Twankey – William Penrose
Abanazar – Millie Farmers
Emperor – Harry Peace
Wishee Washee – Harry Noble
Princess – Molly Gawthorpe
Genie – Isabel Gawthorpe
Police chief – Tom Nicholson
Zing Zong – Fran Griffiths
Policeman 1 and 2 – Joe Mosley and Marcus Gawthorpe
Dancers – Hannah and Alice Bramley, Alice Peace and Amy Crossland
Vizier – Will Mosley