The joys of meeting john barrowman and watching a great british pantomime

John Barrowman gives a lesson in what makes a star: professionalism, talent and old school decency. Evergreen landscaping ideas All from a wee stage door, after a visit to a Pantomime. Natural landscape In Birmingham. Fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups Sitting Comfortably? Good.

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Hello, Boys and Girls, Mums and Dads! ARE WE HAVING A GOOD TIME? Wot? Come on shout louder. Basketball games today college OH YES YOU ARE! And so on. How to lay stone pavers For those unfamiliar with British traditions, Pantomime is an annual pre/post Christmas treat for families. How to build a deck video Picture a Disney musical cartoon on stage, with jokes for everyone of all ages.

These are legends like Robin Hood, Cinderella, Aladdin and Dick Whittington, all woven into a feast of musical numbers, naughty jokes, poems, morality lessons, fantastical escapism and good old fashioned family fun. Yankees spring training schedule 2016 It is a great way to get kids introduced to Theatre as a medium, and is frequently their first encounter with the Stage.

‘Panto’ is also a great outlet for actors across the spectrum of A List onwards and a soap star can net a handsome fee for playing a BOO HISS baddie or cross-dressing ‘Dame’ (usually the mother of the play’s hero in the script).

As a child of at least 37 years, I really should have outgrown the Panto. Front yard So I had not been to one in a while. Laying a patio But when you get a really great cast, one simply cannot resist. Garden snake eggs Back in 1995, I met the lovely Kimberley Davies. Uw softball camps Not on some sun-kissed beach in Oz but in..wait for it..Wolverhampton! After a Panto. Stamped concrete cost calculator Fast forward to 2011 and I saw Joan Collins, not the Savoy or some high class soap opera set but..yes, in Panto.

Joan looked about 25 on stage and I also glimpsed Kylie Minogue in the audience (she was in the stalls, too and I was not hallucinating: the papers confirmed sightings next day). University of arizona softball Maybe Kylie is playing Alexis Junior in a Dynasty revival? Drat..must not pitch in public (you will see why..later in the article).

This year, I decided to go again to Panto-land. Facebook search by city The BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME hosted DICK WHITTINGTON. Alabama softball schedule I have never laughed so much. Batting cages nyc To the extent that I cried a bit. Baseball diamond drawing This was first rate entertainment. Baseball games for kids Features included stunning costume and effects design; up to the minute cover versions of chart topping songs; carefully choreographed dance numbers and a 3-D effects spectacular for an under the sea segment.

Matt Slack gave it his all in what amounted to a self contained stand up show ( sadly he is an actor for hire so can only do this sort of thing in annual Pantomimes but he’s very good indeed). Landscape definition Steve ‘Phil Mitchell’ McFaddenwas playing the baddie, King Rat. College football teams by state One could tell he was in his element ( little known fact: Steve was Gold Medal winner at RADA, thereby explaining his excellent range over 25 years in BBC soap, EastEnders).

The Krankies were a great asset and as funny and vital as they were 30 years previously. Eephus pitch grip For the uninitiated: the Krankies are a husband and wife double act and the diminutive Janette plays ‘Jimmy Krankie‘: a naughty schoolboy. Canadian basketball teams nba Don’t ask. Absolute pitch test It’s hilarious and fun and clever and you ‘get’ it once you see it! If you are ever feeling a bit down or cannie sleep or have a worry you need to escape, even briefly? A few blasts of the Krankies’ old sketches on YouTube will do you a world of good. Basketball tournament scores Trust me.

The Krankies’ genius is in managing to somehow imply pure filth at speed, and yet thereby also somehow appealing, naturally, and suitably, to the whole family. Softball team names Timeless stuff, as kids of six plus today laugh at the same act who made kids’ tv such fun back in the 1980s. Softball team names funny It’s innocence and adulthood at once and therein lies the appeal of Panto in a nutshell. Fantasy football yahoo One line I cannot seem to quite shake from my head was wee Jimmy saying to Dick: ‘ AND TAKE YER WEE PUSSY WITH YA‘.

This was an ensemble piece and everyone gave their all. Garden planner app free But the ‘top billing’, deservedly so, went to JOHN BARROWMAN. Fastpitch softball team names Barrowman has been a professional actor for thirty years, his first role having been a blink and you’ll miss it shot from 1987’s THE UNTOUCHABLES. Paving ideas for front of house Whilst he specialised in Theatre and mostly musicals (including PHANTOM OF THE OPERA), he remained a fixture on British television.

Barrowman struck gold, finally, when he was cast as Captain Jack Harkness in the revived DOCTOR WHO (2005 -). What is landscape This was a truly breakthrough performance, in that the character’s sexuality was there and yet incidental to his heroism, charm and sheer joy in and lust for life. How to lay sandstone pavers It was the BEST way to defeat homophobia and engender a love for equality among the viewers, young and old. D fence A spin-off ( TORCHWOOD) followed, with Barrowman’s Jack in the lead. Fencing forum Then he graduated to high profile guest spots in the likes of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, ARROW and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW.

Now: Hollywood know who Barrowman is and he can command any role he wishes for some major television and feature film work. Garden design tool He looks the part, too. Lattice multiplication method The guy should play a LOT more action hero roles, because he is in frankly awesome shape, with a boundless energy. Facebook search history public I saw my picture next to his and..well..let’s say my vanity just took a (brief) knock

Quite why Mr Barrowman has kept up an association with Britain at all, let alone ended up doing a Panto in Birmingham is..well..frankly, a minor miracle. Yankee stadium food I use that term fairly literally. Basketball teams in texas We are lucky to have an actor this hard working and high in profile, somehow retaining his links to the small screen and stage in the UK.

Yes, he has Scots heritage and is technically a British fixture, anyway. Basketball olympics history But he does not NEED to be. Uk basketball game score The fact that he chooses to perform, in Panto, to very accessible and everyday crowds, is indicative of his sheer joy in the work and his love of those admiring it. Basketball wives la cast season 5 That’s inspirational. Fantasy football cheat sheet Patriotic Professionalism.

I had the privilege of meeting Barrowman backstage tonight. Basketball finals 2016 He took a few selfies and answered my questions about TORCHWOOD. Dripping springs tx zip code Is it returning? He simply cannot say. Paving block crossword I tried to prize some more information. Ncaa basketball final four history He did not budge. Garden ideas for front of house The measure of the man however is HOW he did so.

Very few, if any actors, would be quite so open about the difficulties and dangers inherent in discussing a television or other production that might or might not be in even embryonic or advanced development. High pitch sound effect As Sylvester McCoy once said ( yes at another Panto, years ago, when I enquired about his Doctor Who’s return) : ‘ We’re just actors, they just hire and fire us!’.

Barrowman took quite a school-master / professorly/forensic legal approach in his explanation. Pro landscape He’d make a great law lecturer should he ever tire of acting! He put things in clear and accessible yet firm terms. Baseball teams in florida The TORCHWOOD decision is simply not up to him. Gardens illustrated subscription Consequently, he must protect his own interests and that of the brand by not revealing or being seen to reveal anything. Trellis restaurant menlo park Especially to writers who might be in a pitching mood! I should have just said ‘ great show: you must be exhausted and thanks for the laughs!’.

Now, to be fair, I did say ‘ Look: now is surely the time to bring it back? Trump! Brexit! Captain Jack to the’s an alien conspiracy, obviously? Think Parallax View..with sci-fi and you can be the Warren Beatty‘. Basketball olympics winners I honestly was not pitching. Softball drills for beginners In retrospect, Mr Barrowman was right to jump into defence mode and he did so via a swift change in body language that got his message across far better than any ‘thanks but..’.

I thanked Mr Barrowman for the Panto, told him how much I admired his work ethic and assured him I was NOT pitching ( but that he should talk to Russell T Davies again and make it happen and that if the BBC do not facilitate that, they are mad!). Asphalt driveway thickness That raised his million dollar smile. All baseball teams At last!

Phew. Little league baseball scores No damage done. Amendola fence Just to be on the safe side, I also threw in an apology for comparing him to Warren Beatty. Baseball pitcher But they do look a bit alike and have a similarly supernatural ability to look better than men fifteen to twenty years their junior! Also both men are astute and clearly make a system work for them rather than vice versa; commercial hits enabling their own pursuit of pet projects. Pinch hitter game day Trust me, it’s a compliment. Facebook live chat To Beatty

The real measure of a star as opposed to a celeb or just a performer, is how they treat people. Spring training 2016 yankees I can honestly say I have never seen a more professional, inclusive and well organised back-stage operation than that orchestrated by Mr. Dripping springs tx 78620 Barrowman and his team. Sales pitch deck The co-ordinator ( a lovely lady with curly hair whose name remains anonymous) was a perfect guide. Baseball drills for 9 year olds There was a measured, calm and orderly queuing system, to which all adhered with little if any fuss. Fantasy football names funny EVERYONE met their hero and took the selfies / got the autographs etc. Basketball wives la season 5 episode 6 EVERYBODY.

Priority was given to those who were needy and vulnerable and disabled. Baseball field positions Whilst it could have been a raindrop that dropped on my cheek as I watched the smiles of the wheelchair bound fans at meeting might well have been a tear of emotion. Japanese landscape design This was Capraesque stuff. Slo pitch ontario A cinematic moment. Quite disparate peoples. Pitch diameter Brought together in a civil appreciation of the stage, of Pantomime and the work of one of its brightest stars. Fabric material types A big thank you to ‘ Team-Barrowman‘ and the man himself.

Confession: this was in fact my second viewing of the Pantomime in question. Paving expert forum Sadly it was also the last night and the awesome efforts involved have now been packed up as the next production enters the spotlight of the theatrical merry-go-round. Facebook search for people without logging in But that is what makes Theatre such a wonderful place.

The Stage offers constant change, but a recurring sequence of types of entertainment. Facebook live from computer Above all, you will always have a home within a play and an escape to another place of words and lights and imagination and shared experience. Small front porch designs That journey, that lifelong love affair, begins when a child watches a Pantomime.

So it’s no harm in seeing one as an adult. Pavestone play sand Especially when you witness the joy that can be generated in such a paradoxical parcel of simple motifs, delivered through complex craftsmanship. Drip drop taemin mp3 A timeless art-form, untouched by specific shifts in taste or political climates, whilst reminding us of an eternal need to poke fun at whichever dark challenges must be confronted as we leave the Theatre for an uncertain world. Auburn softball camp That, to me, makes Panto the perfect form of entertainment. Small garden design ideas And it has a worthy champion and ambassador in the consummate professional that is John Barrowman.

Thank you to Mr Barrowman and his team; Matt Slack Fans; cast and crew of DICK WHITTINGTON and ALL who make the HIPPODROME THEATRE one of the many great flagships for Theatre in the UK.

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