Power cut plunges panto into darkness in Fraddon – but cast continue by torchlight
A POWER cut plunged a pantomime production into darkness in Fraddon last night – but determined cast and crew continued the show by torchlight.
Members of Indian Queens Pantomime Society were about to take to the stage to perform Snow White when storms knocked out the electricity supply at 6.45pm.
Undeterred, they vowed that ‘the show must go on’ in front of the 100-strong audience and despatched people to round up torches.
One woman even persuaded her husband to hook up a portable generator at the Victory Hall so the keyboard player could still provide crucial music for the panto.
Society member Marlene Wakeley told the Cornish Guardian: “It showed what a great community we have here, there was great community spirit. Everyone rallied around. Some people who lived nearby even went home for torches.
“One lady who runs a holiday attraction went to get her husband who got a generator so my daughter could play the keyboard. We could do without the lights and sound effects but we needed music.
“The chairman got up on stage and asked if anyone would like their money back and no one got up to leave, which we were delighted about.”
The electricity supply was restored at the hall after about half an hour, with the production mid-way through the first half.
Mrs Wakeley said the society had never experienced a power cut in its 31 year history.
“We had helpers who held the torches up and pointed them at the stage so the show could go on,” she said. “All the cast made a joke of it and got on with it. They were very professional.
“The funny thing was that it added more to the atmosphere and the children all loved it. It was quite exciting.”
She said the cast and crew would now be prepared for the worst with further storms and gales expected over the next few days.
The pantomime run began on Monday and is due to end on Saturday. Tickets cost £5, or £4 for children and pensioners. Call the box office on 01726 860543.