Shrimpton "for the courage to turn that thought
into reality", Robert (Bob) Shore "source of inspiration",
choreographer and headmaster of Pinchmill Lower School,
Betty Taylor and Keith Minton.
This show surprised and delighted the parish, it was a great
success. Two other Pinchmill School Association productions followed: in 1977
Pyjama Bottoms, a variety show, and in 1978 another Old Time Music
Hall. Also in 1978 the group
became independent of the school and Pinchmill Players Theatre was born.
Show business had arrived in Felmersham!
The aim of
Pinchmill Players was "to provide entertainment for the parish by the
parish". Consequently membership was restricted to
parishioners, although occasionally people from outside the
parish appeared as guests or were invited to join due to a
classrooms for seven full days.
week of the production a wall-to-wall stage was constructed at
the west end of the hall using purpose-built staging. A
proscenium arch was erected complete with full curtains, drawn
by cords. The wings were curtained and teasers hung above the
stage. Full stage lighting was hired and erected from lighting
bars above the stage and in the auditorium. When staging plays a
boxed set was constructed using the groups own flats and the set was
appropriately dressed. Raised seating was installed in the
auditorium and the committee room converted into a bar.
A lot of hard
work and attention to detail was given to the stage set and whenever
the curtain was raised at the beginning of a production the
set was always applauded. The wardrobe was extensive and quality costumes
were hired. As for the acting abilities - PPT
always played to a full house!