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5th Feb, 2017

Alternative Sherlock Holmes Pantomime Launch
by Naily Makangu on February 5, 2017 12:20

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We are excited to announce that, as part of our program to raise awareness for those suffering with hearing impairment, JCI Cambridge is putting together a pantomime in October 2017. This is an ambitious and exciting challenge for us. We are hoping to bring opportunities for personal growth to members and others within the community.

We had our first official launch meeting on the 21st of January 2017 at CB2. The atmosphere was vibrant. Please read on to find out more about the latest updates.

If you ever wanted to be involved in a putting together a pantomime from scratch and want to be involved, please email panto@jcicambridge.org.uk. Note that in addition to the production team (producer, director, actors, script writers, music, lighting, set manager...), we are also on the look out for people to support the project in different ways: managing, fundraising, designing marketing materials, marketing, sponsorship and more.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 13th of Februray 2017 at 19:00 at Alison Richard Building, 7 West Rd, Cambridge CB3 9DT.

So what have we been up to so far?

  • We settled for an alternative pantomime based on Sherlock Holmes in October 2017, ideally the week before half term. There will be 4 to 5 shows. All or most of them will be signed in order to be inclusive to those with hearing impairment. We also discussed the potential for the cast to learn basic sign language that can be integrated in the performance.
  • There are no pressure or commitment to run this project again in 2018. We do it now, we do it well, we do it big, we go out with a bang!
  • In terms of casting and roles for the pantomime, we will be recruiting within the community, in addition to JCI Cambridge members. However, certain roles will be restricted to JCI Cambridge members, e.g. project ownership, leadership and more. Priority will also be given to members. You can become a member for as little as £10 per month.
  • We have a potential Director and Producer for the pantomime.
  • The script will be written from scrach to gives us more freedom and makes the project more interesting for our talented script writers.
  • The music will be pre-recorded, mostly based on a contemporary style, to fit our Sherlock theme. Live music will give a better feel to the event, however, it requires more equipment, room and volunteer. This is an avenue worth exploring as we're going ahead. For now, the focus is on understanding what can be done for pre-recorded music.

There are a lot more going on in the background. We'd love to hear from you. Any thoughts or advice will be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to drop us a note of encouragement whilst passing by.

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