Parrywinkle, November 16, 2017


PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY

'Tis once again confession time dear readers. Despite my young years - albeit 72 and happily still counting - I am a medieval nut.

Gadzooks, for years I have been collecting reproductions of chivalrous knights on their destriers charging into battle. Or, with their lances and attached kerchiefs, wooing and trying to win the favour of their fair ladies at the tourney grounds. Where Henry VIII, incidentally, is reliably reported to have suffered a grievous wound to his leg that turned him into a tyrannical monster for the rest of his life!

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CRAZY CAMELOT - I also have a whole library of books on heraldry and the Middle Ages. Four vintage chess boards and appropriate period pieces. And I have even created original drawings and designed stained-glass windows portraying myself as a knight in shining armour winning the hand of my beautiful Sunshine.

“So where are you going with this James?” you are probably asking. Well forsooth and bear with me. For we are off to King Arthur's Camelot. Centuries before former U.S. President, John F. Kennedy, transformed the White House into such a purported magical Shangri-La. Sheesh, they must be turning over in their graves right now considering the current resident, Donald Trump, favours the gilt and glitter of Louis XIV

To be more specific I'm bringing you to this year's Christmas Panto, Camelot, in rehearsals since the end of September - one of which I caught this past weekend - involving some 120 volunteers aged from six through 70, and running at the Hudson Village Theatre for 22 performances from December 15 through January 7. (See photos on our Facebook page).

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BIG HAPPY FAMILY - Why Camelot? I asked first-time director, Hudsonite Steve Walters, who has appeared in about 10 Pantos in our little hamlet. “I've had it on my radar for about five years and always thought it was a good script,” he told me. “Add to that the fact that my theatre group in the U.K. also produced it to much acclaim and, as I just love this era in history, it was an easy decision.”

Having appeared in several Pantos myself here in town, I’ve got to tell you folks, it is a huge commitment. About 12 hours a week rehearsing in addition to learning lines and actually appearing on stage over the holiday season as part of one big happy family.

In this regard, can only agree with Steve who says, “With community productions like these, theatre will continue to thrive in Hudson. And not only does it enrich the lives of those who take an active part in it, but also all those in the community who benefit from live theatre. On either side of the footlights, those involved represent a diversity of age, culture, life experience, and a strong appreciation of the arts. Our Panto family is the place to laugh, cry, argue, party, and come together to provide wonderful entertainment for families in Hudson and surrounding area.”

Adds Kalina Skulska, HVT executive director, “As Panto producer, it is always so gratifying to see the involvement and absolute dedication everyone puts into the show and how families are involved and help with this annual tradition.”

Some shows are already sold out, believe it or not, so for tickets go to www.villagetheatre.ca/events/panto-camelot or call the Box Office at (450) 458-5361. And don't forget to boo the baddies and cheer on the good guys!

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MORE MOONLIGHT - Now some good news for those members who recently packed HVT to catch the Oscar-winning movie, Moonlight, screened by the Hudson Film Society only to be sent home after the projector failed in dramatic fashion. It's being shown again at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, and this time the projector will definitely be working following a complete checkup in Brampton, Ontario! All are welcome and tickets for non-members at $10 a pop can be bought at the door, 28 Wharf Road.

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KOBO UPDATE - Now to books. Remember a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Hudson War Memorial Library volunteer, Peter Lang, falling asleep in the bath while reading Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead on his now-demised Kobo e-Reader? No? Well, one person certainly did!

For just this past week, Peter received an unexpected and anonymous Fedex delivery containing a seemingly brand new trade paperback format of the book for which he is eternally grateful! Ah, be still my beating heart!

And that's a wrap!

E-mail: creation@videotron.ca

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