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Players Pleased


Hethersett Players transported their audience to Hollywood for their latest variety evening held in the Village Hall. 

Songs, sketches and comedy with a distinct Hollywood flavour was the order of the day for a two night run to a packed hall. 

Once again a very hard working cast showed their considerable talent through a series of dance routines and colourful presentations with the onus very much on fun. 

Many of Hollywood’s great films were featured including Dirty Dancing, The Great Escape, Bond Movies, Superman, Gone with the Wind, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Wizard of Oz. They were all given Hethersett make-overs and very often unusually and amusing twists with the emphasis on comedy and light-hearted original interpretations that included Neville Greenhalgh as Superman being pushed along on a supermarket trolley. 

It was that kind of zany evening that has made the players variety productions so successful over the past few years. Much of the material was original, including a poignant one act play by Sarah Wright “Twilight Parade” which surrounded the Hollywood reminiscences of an aging former star. 

There were light-hearted takes on the James Bond myth, Laurel and Hardy interpretations and songs from Hollywood shows including A Little Night Music and South Pacific and even a version of the new reality show “Hollywood Idol.” 

Musical Director and local GP Tony Press found time to get the audience singing along with his song proving the American president elect Barack Obama is in fact Irish. 

The Players’ next production will be a murder mystery evening which, due to the success of previous productions, will run for three evenings from June 25th to 27th next year.

The Cast was: Amy Evans, Becky Sprunt, Emily Watt, Jane Cole, Lauren Cook, Matt Molloy, Rachel Woodier, Steve Bussey, Andy Gray, Caroline Frosdick, Gareth Evans, Josh Hamer, Lewis Cook, Neville Greenhalgh, Sally Gray, Tony Press, Barry Foster, Devon Boyd, Hayley Brightman, Kate Rowe, Lloyd Parfitt, Philippa Simons, Sarah Wright, Vicki Gale

Director, Lloyd Parfitt; Choreography, Kate Rowe and Amy Evans; Musical Director, Tony Press supported by Simon McDougall and John Head; Wardrobe, Matt Bell assisted by Maxine Molloy, Kim Spinks, Beverly Orford and Caroline Reynolds; Lighting and Sound, Chris Thrower assisted by Mike Doble and David Dack; Sound Editor, Jonathan Thrower; Stage Manager, Phil Emery assisted by Paul Baxter; Backdrop Design, Colin Wilson assisted by Irene Dack; Front of House, David and Jean Neale, Marie Stevenson.

Items featured included:

Act 1

Top Hat and Tails

The Great Escape

Gone with the Wind

James Bond

Send in The Clowns


Singin' in the Rain

Trail of the Lonesome Pine

Good Morning

Dirty Dancing

Film Quiz


Act 2


Pirates of the Caribbean

Gonna Wash That Man

Higher than a Hawk

Twilight Parade

Hollywood Idop

Somewhere Over the Rainbow


If I Only Had a Heart/Nerve

We're Off to See the Wizard


Honey Bun

Previous Story

Hethersett Players’ are proving so popular that their next production is a sell out and the one after that is being increased to three performances from the usual two. 

The Players are in the final stages of rehearsal for their sell out Hollywood Variety Evening which ill be performed in Hethersett Village Hall on November 14th and 15th. Demand was such for tickets that the café style entertainment, which includes a fish and chip supper, was sold out in two weeks from tickets going on sale and more than six weeks before the opening night. 

“The group has built up a solid audience for the variety shows and we are delighted to know that we are preparing for a show which is proving so popular, “ said chairman Sarah Wright. 

The success means the group will be extending their murder mystery production in June 2009 to three nights.