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Christmas nativity

Started by: Arfur petesake (239)

Amid the sadness , tales of woe and funless 2020, I aim to cheer up the Christmas time with , A festive nativity play, I'm looking for volunteers to act in my nativity play, I need all the usual characters, Joseph , Mary etc, etc , Its on a first up best dressed basis, but we can add more if the demand is high,
My catering team will be making the mince pies and there will be a free sherry on entry, seating arrangements will be relaxed down to 6 inches from your keyboard and the ticket price is fully complimentary from my theatre and stage company, Arfur Tanner,

Started: 18th Nov 2020 at 20:43

Posted by: broady (16460) 

If you need a VERY Wise Man from the West I am available.

Replied: 18th Nov 2020 at 20:47

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

Good man Broady, you are a wise man and the part is yours, rehearsals start soon, Don't worry we have skype,

Replied: 18th Nov 2020 at 20:51

Posted by: nanajacqui (3486) 

I could have been Virgin Mary but if I'm required to make puddings & pies that's ok I can turn my hand to anything

Replied: 19th Nov 2020 at 07:26

Posted by: firefox (3239)

Sledge, bernard coyle and stardullter could be the three wise men, and when he does a norman bates, he could be the Virgin Mary as well

Replied: 19th Nov 2020 at 07:33

Posted by: nanajacqui (3486) 

Who'll play the baby ???

Replied: 19th Nov 2020 at 08:11

Posted by: firefox (3239)

Replied: 19th Nov 2020 at 08:37

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

You Will make a fine Virgin Mary Nana as I know you are capable of multitasking , I was thinking Mr Sledge would make a fine Donkey and the baby, surely would be fitting for some one who does a lot of crying although its not my place to nominate a person, So up to now we have ,
one Wise Man and The Virgin Mary,

Replied: 19th Nov 2020 at 08:48

Posted by: jathbee (10623)

I too can multi task but as female roles are at a premium and I am in favour of Nana being the Virgin Mary, I would like to be The Angel Gabriel.
Now I known that angels are androgynous but I said, I can multi task.
I know there is the role of the innkeepers wife but have no desire to be associated with that mean spirited man.

Replied: 19th Nov 2020 at 09:03
Last edited by jathbee: 19th Nov 2020 at 09:04:32

Posted by: TerryW (6031)

Who wants to be that fat chap, Round John Virgin?

Replied: 19th Nov 2020 at 11:52

Posted by: Platty (351)

I'll be the Angel and make an appearance to yon shepherds in the middle of the night.

Replied: 19th Nov 2020 at 13:06

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

Then Jathbee is the Angel Gabriel and Platty is to be The Angel that appears to yon shepherds , Terry, I know not of a fat man round John virgin and I suspect this may be a joke feed line, which is good because Our nativity play will be as a pantomime atmosphere and situations like, this scene will be encouraged,

scene 1 act1
Joseph asks Mary. " weirs that babbie gone wench"

Audience shours, ITS RIGHT BEHIND THEE,

PS, The role of Joseph is still free and I do believe ' some people' are convinced that Terry might be a former member with the same name, so,
whaddya say , Terry ?

Replied: 19th Nov 2020 at 15:31

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6314)

Can I bee the Donkey

Replied: 19th Nov 2020 at 15:32

Posted by: Platty (351)

Just to check Arfur, will this panto be in Wales at the end of one of your tours and will there be plenty of sheep in the fields?

TTS - front or back?

Replied: 19th Nov 2020 at 15:39

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6314)

Middle

Replied: 19th Nov 2020 at 15:58

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

Platty this nativity /Panto will be performed at a secret venue because of Covid restrictions, There it will be filmed and later shown on this messageboard shortly before Christmas, The final date will be realized at a press conference later this month dependent on , how the reheasals are going and the delivery of props and stuff,

Mr twostroke, you have secured the role of the donkey Hee Haww,

Replied: 19th Nov 2020 at 16:21

Posted by: TerryW (6031)

I may as well be, I've been everyone else on here bar the admin.

Replied: 19th Nov 2020 at 18:02

Posted by: firefox (3239)

Mac was everyone else including the admin.

Replied: 19th Nov 2020 at 18:05

Posted by: TerryW (6031)

I'll be your huckleberry.

Who said that and where?

Replied: 19th Nov 2020 at 18:23

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

Breaking news,

Terry is Joseph, As in, Arfurs Christmas nativity , He did the audition today and he's just the character we are looking for, A none drinking , no smoker , smart ,intelligent , well mannered man who tells it like it is, If any gang members or, 'some people' apply for parts in the Panto, I've got some space in the stable yet,,

Replied: 19th Nov 2020 at 19:36

Posted by: firefox (3239)

Nay, lad!

Replied: 20th Nov 2020 at 05:19
Last edited by firefox: 20th Nov 2020 at 05:19:49

Posted by: kathpressey (5228) 

what a lovely post! Full of humour and kindness .

Replied: 20th Nov 2020 at 09:16

Posted by: nanajacqui (3486) 

I said Arfur would be interesting & he is

Replied: 20th Nov 2020 at 09:28

Posted by: jathbee (10623)

I could also double as the guiding Star that led the wise men to the stable. Not a great character change from an angel.
I do love the limelight

Replied: 20th Nov 2020 at 10:05
Last edited by jathbee: 20th Nov 2020 at 10:07:58

Posted by: TerryW (6031)

Reminds me of that lovely Dostaf bloke who did similar entertaining threads.

Replied: 20th Nov 2020 at 10:17

Posted by: TerryW (6031)

If I remember right he was also interested in one ladies bush on here, she often spoke of trimming it and keeping it nice to look at.

A Kilmarnock Willow I think it was.

Replied: 20th Nov 2020 at 10:23

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

Thank you my friends, I have heard of this dustaf fellow and it is a great honour to be mentioned in the same tone as he was,
But anyway, I have now acquired a Stable and because of Covid the rent on the stable is under the 'rent holday ' scheme until March 2021, So that's a nice cheap start to the preparations .

Replied: 20th Nov 2020 at 11:19

Posted by: TerryW (6031)

I have some extras if you need them, they are unsure their employment at this time.

Replied: 20th Nov 2020 at 11:26

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6314)

They might be fur lowed

Replied: 20th Nov 2020 at 15:30

Posted by: jathbee (10623)

Posted by: TerryW (5457)

If I remember right he was also interested in one ladies bush on here, she often spoke of trimming it and keeping it nice to look at.

A Kilmarnock Willow I think it was.

You are quite correct, TerryW.
It was indeed my Kilmarnock willow

Unfortunately we downsized and had to leave my Kilmarnock willow behind.
The last I heard of it, it had been cruelly torn out at the roots ouch!!!
And had been replaced by a Cherry tree
I kid you not.

Replied: 20th Nov 2020 at 15:50
Last edited by jathbee: 20th Nov 2020 at 15:53:23

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

very Good My twostokes, fur lowed indeed and how lucky they are because the chancellor said at first, It will be' two deer' to furlough for a second wave,

Replied: 20th Nov 2020 at 16:26

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

I told you yesterday of my acquisition of the stable, I've had it delivered to the unit, Where its now on the stage area and workmen are repairing and painting it, I'm so excited that, I sneaked down there and had a peep, I had to be very quiet as there is a night watchman and I managed to get a photo of it

The nativity stable undergoing refurbishment

Replied: 20th Nov 2020 at 17:22

Posted by: TerryW (6031)

Apologies to Jathbee, after reading through the older posts again it would seem it was Joseph who liked the bush and not the very popular Dostaf.

Replied: 20th Nov 2020 at 17:49

Posted by: TerryW (6031)

Very impressive that stable, Arfur. Just the ticket.

I have a great story of a stable in Graz, Austria, but that's for another time.

Replied: 20th Nov 2020 at 18:01

Posted by: jathbee (10623)

It was indeed Joseph. Another popular poster.

Replied: 20th Nov 2020 at 18:22

Posted by: TerryW (6031)

Seems there are a lot of popular posters missing now.

Replied: 20th Nov 2020 at 18:40

Posted by: firefox (3239)

I will be the myrrh salesman, one if the wise men can come to my shop and ask, 'please, sir. I want some Myrrh.
That will lead to the next thrilling stage play.

Replied: 20th Nov 2020 at 19:32

Posted by: Platty (351)

You will have to take payment in gold otherwise it will incense Frank.

Replied: 21st Nov 2020 at 09:59

Posted by: firefox (3239)

We take visa, gold, shekels or leeches

Replied: 21st Nov 2020 at 10:05

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

With rehearsals well under way now, I need 2 more wise men, broady has his name down so I need two more

any takers ??

Replied: 23rd Nov 2020 at 19:53

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

Right then,,,,,, the nativity play is ready, because of social distancing bla bla bla, we have had to video it, All the cast have done their bit, now its up to you, WiganWorld messageboard member to say when you want to see it, Tickets are free to ' all people' that includes ' some people' 'the gang'
'them men' 'us men' and ' yor men',
Tell us when you want to see it, you might be on shift work and not want to miss the premier, or you might have a previous engagement or even booked a meal in the mount,
Here is the cast,
The Virgin Mary.........NanaJaque
Joseph,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,TerryW
the wise men,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Broady, Gaffer and Sonlyme
the angel gabrial,,,,,,,Jathbee
the donkey,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,tommy 2 stokes
the baby Jesus,,,,,,,,,,,,played by himself
The shepherd,,,,,,,,,,,,,,played by Platty

best boy,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Tonker
Director,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,anonymous smashing chap from another site,
filmed in,,,,,,,,Wigan

Replied: 2nd Dec 2020 at 21:23
Last edited by Arfur petesake: 4th Dec 2020 at 14:54:26

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

Replied: 2nd Dec 2020 at 22:05

Posted by: Platty (351)

I've been left out.

Replied: 2nd Dec 2020 at 22:08

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

Sorry Platty but I can only break a Mars bar in so many pieces, All were invited to take part, you did not put you hand up high enough,
perhaps next year, or we might do another later, stay alert,

Replied: 2nd Dec 2020 at 22:12
Last edited by Arfur petesake: 2nd Dec 2020 at 22:13:05

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6314)

That really has wetted me appetite, and I cawn't wait to see it, because it will make up for all the Cinemas closing, and there being no Jimmy Bond Filum this year

Replied: 2nd Dec 2020 at 22:57
Last edited by Tommy Two Stroke: 2nd Dec 2020 at 22:58:33

Posted by: Platty (351)

I did Arfur. Now who's going to appear to the shepherds over yonder?
Have to be in the clique I suppose.

Replied: 3rd Dec 2020 at 13:16

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

Ouch,,, you did indeed Platty, I hold my hand up, I'm completely at fault, What with the covid and Brexit and a dozen more excuses I could use, The only thing I can do is beg forgiveness and give you free front row tickets with ice cream and Kiora , A thousand apologies from Me,

Replied: 3rd Dec 2020 at 13:55

Posted by: jo anne (33248) 

Arfur, I don’t mean to be a critic (Oh, no she isn’t!) but I think you should reconsider. (Oh, yes she is! )

Without the angel visiting the shepherds, you’re missing a trick. Picture this: Platty shouts (angelically) but the shepherds don’t see him (as he’s hidden by a sheep), cue excited audience participation …

“He’s behind ewe!”

Replied: 4th Dec 2020 at 09:59

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6314)

I agree yoo definitely need an Angel

ANGEL

Replied: 4th Dec 2020 at 11:46

Posted by: jo anne (33248) 

Watching that, TTS, I have a newfound admiration for Platty and Jathbee.

Two very brave volunteers.

Replied: 4th Dec 2020 at 13:25

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

of course, of course, whatever am I thinking, Platty should be in the play and i will move heaven and hell to include him,
Your in the play Platty with full wages bonuses and exps,
and I've altered the credits,

Replied: 4th Dec 2020 at 14:53

Posted by: Platty (351)

Thank you Arfur, you have restored my faith in human nature.
All the practising I have been doing, appearing to sheep in the middle of the night in fields yonder ( until I was warned off by a couple of interfering.....) has not gone to waste. The sheep didn't seem to mind.

Replied: 4th Dec 2020 at 18:15

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

thank you Platty I am humbled by your graciousness of granting me this undeserved absolution , Now we must decide the night to publish this nativity play,

Its been directed and produced on a low budget level due to , lack of funds and, the pandemic which, demands social distancing and meticulous hygiene and PPI regime,
So tell me people of Wigan world,

what night is good for you ?

Replied: 4th Dec 2020 at 21:12

Posted by: First Mate (189)

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Replied: 4th Dec 2020 at 23:18
Last edited by First Mate: 5th Dec 2020 at 09:52:32

Posted by: firefox (3239)

Wednesday afternoon, around 16:00 till around 21:00 would do for me, Arfur. I will be the stage hand

Replied: 5th Dec 2020 at 06:27

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

thank you first mate for using a bit of discretion there, ( wink wink)
ok, So lets go this coming friday,

Frikday 11/12/2020 at 8pm, the bar opens at 7.30, don't let boris know,
NanaJ and jathbee will be doing the catering , Tonker will be giving a talk on, why Marus Bridge has't got a bridge and how its in Pemberton, firefox has kindly offered to be stage hand so, he'll set up the mic's and go, " one two, one two, one two, I'll twiddle the knobs to make sure the person at the back can hear as good as the other person in the stalls,,
face masks and domestos hand wash are available at Tescos and a late night supper is available at Peters chippy,
The pilot performance on another forum ( posted by another member) and kindly edited later, got up roaring cheers from the audience and good reports from the critics like, " a good fun romp from armature actors on a low budget production, worthy of an Oscar " and " best production of 2020 and not just because, Covid stopped any others"

be there, or be square, as they said in the 1960's

Replied: 5th Dec 2020 at 21:19

Posted by: jo anne (33248) 

*Friday 11th Dec at 8pm*

Tonight’s the night!
It’s very exciting!

Replied: 11th Dec 2020 at 16:02

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

yes indeed it is jo anne, The cast and I have been there all day making preparations and making last minute tweeks to the props, dusting down the isles making sure all the lights work , the heatings on and the crowd barriers will hold up as the queue form outside,
Its a very nervous night for all concerned as we all go round sayin
" break a leg", Its the done think in the circles of actors, apparently ,

Replied: 11th Dec 2020 at 16:15

Posted by: jo anne (33248) 

Yes, I believe it is, Arfur. I admire anyone who’s brave enough to thread the boards.

Break a leg to you all!

Replied: 11th Dec 2020 at 16:20

Posted by: Platty (351)

Heavens, I am so nervous. Where's ff, I need help with my wings. Has he got the sheep and shepherds?
And jo anne's busy "threading the boards". Hope she's underneath while we're treading the boards.

Replied: 11th Dec 2020 at 18:24

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

Don't worry Platty I'm bringing a crate of rum backstage in 15 minutes, If you forget your lines, it wont matter, everyone will be pizzed and no one will care,

Replied: 11th Dec 2020 at 19:22

Posted by: firefox (3239)

Ask arfur if he can be the fluffer to ease your nerves before your performance, Platty.

Replied: 11th Dec 2020 at 19:29

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

I'm afraid I'm not familiar with fluffing , Its a bit late now platty the curtain is raising, the warm up man is on and any moment now, there will be a knock on you dressing room door and then fame is coming your way,

Replied: 11th Dec 2020 at 19:56

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)
Posted by: Platty (351)

Did Nana like the cow because she was going to cook it?
Hope the offers for work come rolling in.

Replied: 11th Dec 2020 at 20:22

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6314)

Replied: 11th Dec 2020 at 20:34

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

the phone's never stopped ringing since the performance Platty, offers from all the top production companies, I'll get some contracts written out and send them, don't call us, we'll call you,

Replied: 11th Dec 2020 at 20:37

Posted by: jo anne (33248) 

Thanks Arfur, cast and crew, that’s given me a good chuckle.

Replied: 11th Dec 2020 at 20:39

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

Thank you jo anne, I'm glad you liked it,

Replied: 11th Dec 2020 at 20:48

Posted by: firefox (3239)

That wasn't an Inn, that was an Hotel. Inns have no stars!

|Follow my instructions

Replied: 12th Dec 2020 at 08:37

Posted by: WN1 Standisher (115)

Quality, Arfur :)

Replied: 12th Dec 2020 at 10:29

Posted by: Arfur petesake (239)

That nice Mr Tonker tells me, here is a Holiday Inn in Tonkersville that has 4 stars and the bar is allowed to open.

Replied: 12th Dec 2020 at 10:30

Posted by: TerryW (6031)

Mr Arfur. I've been trying to contact you via web conferencing about these bails of hay, but it would seem there is no Zoom at the Inn.

Where's me donkey!

Replied: 15th Dec 2020 at 12:45

 

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