The group, in its present form, came into being in 1999 with the purpose of resurrecting the Village Pantomime, which had not taken place for almost 20 years. The Millennium seemed like a good excuse to get back to presenting an annual production, so a number of villagers got together and chose to perform a pantomime called The Christmas Cavalier. A new era had begun and a pantomime has been performed in the Village Hall every year since then and has become a popular fixture in the village calendar of events, taking place over three days during the first week in December. Performances are usually sold out very quickly and early booking is essential.
The cast and crew consist mainly of Coaley residents and ex-residents, with an age range from 7 to ... well, there is no upper age limit. It is never too late to discover your creative talent! The junior section is very well supported by enthusiastic youngsters, who in the past have devised and performed their own shows. With a constant change in the younger group, due to school commitments and moving on, etc, new members over the age of 7 are always welcome.
Rehearsals normally begin at the start of September and take place on Monday and Friday evenings and Sunday mornings. There is a great "team spirit" feeling to rehearsals and the audition process is extremely informal and fun. After all, FUN is what CADS is all about - on stage as well as behind the scenes. Whilst a certain amount of commitment is involved, the emphasis is on enjoyment and all members have an enormous amount of fun, mixed with a sense of pride and achievement in producing such a popular event.
The annual Pantomime raises much needed cash support for the ongoing Village Hall Restoration Project and has self-financed a complete updating of the lighting and sound system, thus enhancing future events.
If you feel that you would like to be involved in any way, (on stage, directing, scenery building or painting, prop making, costumes, make-up, back-stage crew, front-of-house, publicity - oh yes, there are a lot of people involved!) you would be made most welcome. For more information, contact Eileen Curry on 890869.