Throughout Singin’ in the Rain, one of our cast or crew has been submitting a piece about how it’s all going from a back stage perspective – the first blog being written way back in January when rehearsals began. They’ve talked about why they were involved, who they were and anything else relevant to share. The final blog has been written after the final two shows and the after show party. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading them and they’ve given you a different take on the show. We’ve had fun writing them.
Week 22 , Saturday 13 June
I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to write the final blog for BMT’s production of Singin’ in the Rain, having been an integral part of the show. But firstly I should introduce myself. I am Umbro – the show Mascot and have played the part of the Umbrella, as used by Don Lockwood (played by Chris Holmes) in the title song.
I joined the society especially for this show, having been recruited by Rebecca Wilson (Zelda Zanders) and wish to thank everyone at BMT who have made the last few months so exciting. I was amazed to be picked as the mascot for the show and have thoroughly enjoyed my role. It is the first time I’ve been involved in a theatre production, but it’s been a busy one. Prior to joining BMT I had been busy keeping people dry on golf courses (being a Golf umbrella) and frequently for large groups of people. My challenge for the stage was to fit into a smaller costume. (I was fortunate to get to be black, burgundy and blue for the finale songs on different performances)
I have had some fantastic experiences and met some lovely people. The cast have made me so welcome and I have become especially close to Liz Wilson (the Musical Director, pictured), who let me in the pit every night for the bows. As well as being in the show, I have been busy out and about doing Mascot duties – popping up (literally) at various locations and throughout East Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull and further afield – including a trip to London. (As pictured in the montage).
The final two shows were brilliant – well attended and some great responses from the audience. The cast and crew worked their magic along with the musicians and front of house team. I got to meet my alleged number one fan at the stage door (Anne Hopwood, who’d travelled from Cheshire to see me (pictured)and I was even interviewed (see the Facebook
page)! I must say on behalf of everybody thanks to all of you who have supported us by coming to see the show – we hope you all enjoyed it and feel free to leave reviews on our Facebook page.
So with the show finished I now have to decide what to do next? Should I try and find a touring version of the show- though I feel it wouldn’t be up to BMT’s quality. Maybe a holiday to relax after these frenetic months. I will certainly need work and I’ve looked into training courses to upgrade my skills as I thought I could try out for Barnum! Whatever I do next it will be hard to find something that will give me the buzz I got from Singin’ in the Rain with BMT!! But now I’m going back to nurse this hangover from last night’s after show party!
Hoping you’ve enjoyed all the blogs and to see you at Panto – 2-6 December at Beverley Memorial Hall – tune in late August/early September for more details.