February 1996 – Old Time Music Hall

In 1993 producer/director, Chris Boott, upon seeing the Parish Hall in Aldermaston for the first time had this mad impulse to put on an Old Time Music Hall in the style of the BBC’s “Good Old Days” . Chris had done several Music Halls for Mortimer Dramatic Society before this and remains grateful to them and the director Mandy Grimwade for the concept and structure of a Music Hall. So in February 1996 Aldermaston Players once again trod the boards… hoo-ra, hoo-ra! Boo! Hiss!

Dress rehearsal in 1996

Victorian Music Hall for a Victorian Hall

The Parish Hall, built in 1897 has many of the characteristics of an original music hall: long & narrow, a small stage, a galleried balcony and so was ideal for this venture.

Gathering together troops Chris Boott set about organising the material and the evening with: his then wife, Sally; Chris & Jean Chapman; Cynthia Newman; the Hall Management Committee; Tony Green whose parents lived in the village; and his colleagues from The Sainsbury Singers.


1996 Old Time Music Hall Poster


1996 Old Time Music Hall Poster (reworked for legibility)




Format: Dinner/Theatre

Half the key to success for the evening lay in the kitchen with Jean Chapman and her team. Jean was up for the job and very quickly put together a menu and table layout to complement the entertainment. Even going as far as elaborately naming the menu … just like Leonard Sax  (the BBC’s Good Old Days chairman who relished reeling rumbumptious rhetoric regarding the next recitals upon the stage!)

Programme

Photos

1996_JeanChapman_0001a
_112
1996_JeanChapman_0002c
2009-03-02 20-09-25_0002
1996_JeanChapman_0003c
1996_JeanChapman_0001b
2009-03-02 20-27-03_0007
2009-03-02 20-30-44_0009
1996_JeanChapman_0002b
1996_JeanChapman_0003b
1996_JeanChapman_0001c
2009-03-02 20-23-07_0005
2009-03-02 20-00-48_0001
1996_JeanChapman_0007a
_91
1996_JeanChapman_0008b
2009-03-02 20-21-05_0004
2009-03-02 20-11-20_0003
1996_JeanChapman_0007c
1996 staging
2009-03-02 20-25-13_0006
1996_JeanChapman_0002a
1996_JeanChapman_0008a
1996 staging
2009-03-02 20-27-57_0008
_90
1996_JeanChapman_0003a