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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Storms bring extra drama to Maryport panto

There was as much drama off stage as on it for Maryport’s annual pantomime production last week.

Problems started just before The Wizard of Oz was due to start its two-day run at The Wave Centre last Friday afternoon.

Staff spotted that the wind was tearing the underside of the roof at the back of the building.

Brian Entwistle, technical manager, said: “We were really concerned that material would fly into the road or hit someone walking in the area.”

Police were called and agreed that the pantomime could go ahead as long as the area around the damaged roof was cordoned off.

Midway through the pantomime, however, there was a power failure which plunged the theatre into darkness.

Producer George Critchley said: “We couldn’t make any PA announcements because there was no sound equipment but we went out into the audience and asked them to remain calm and seated.

“There was a huge cheer when the show started again.”

It was the third power failure of the day to be caused by high winds.

Mr Entwistle added: “Our sound and lighting system is all computerised so that had to be rebooted before we could continue the show.

“Our booking system also went down and staff were left handwriting tickets for the 4.30pm show.

“We were also unable to take bookings for Saturday’s performances.”

He said that the show had been well supported and he thanked audiences for their tolerance.

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