Follies’ desperate appeal for panto help
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Club which has been running in Westward Ho! for more than four decades fears closure due to dwindling numbers.
AN amateur dramatics group in Westward Ho! is fearful it may close after more than 40 years due to a lack of support from the community.
The Westward Ho! Follies has scraped together a skeleton cast for this year’s panto, but it’s a far cry from the eager members who used to flood through the doors.
Mark Clark, who is directing and producing the show, said he is worried if they cannot gather enough support the group will eventually come to an end.
He said: “We’ve got about 20 people in the cast which is just enough, but there are a lot less adults than normal; when I first joined there was at least double that.
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“We desperately need people now to help build sets, move sets on the stage, and help with the lighting and sound.
“Most of all, if we could get together a keyboard player and a live band it would be amazing – a backing track just isn’t the same.
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“For some people this might be the only show they see all year and if we could give them that experience it would be fantastic.”
The Follies raises around £4,000 a year through its annual pantomimes, which goes towards the upkeep of the Kingsley Hall, where they rehearse and perform.
“I worry that as one of the main users of the hall, if we were to go it would end up shutting due to a lack of funding,” said Mark.
If you are interested in helping the Follies out, contact Mark on 07414 901751.