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Vic Farrow

Over 100 Friends of Shanklin Theatre volunteers were thanked for their efforts at a special ‘thank you’ evening earlier this month.

Unlike previous such evenings, this one was a little different in that it included a condensed version of the 10th Anniversary show that took place during October. It was decided to relive the special occasion for those who missed the original show and those who wished to see the video presentations from the show again.

The performance kicked off with video presentations showing the Theatre’s history from the construction of the original Institute to the time of World War II. Still images of the various acts who originally performed back in October were shown between videos in place of the original performances. The images continued through the ‘boom’ years of the 1950s and into the present day.

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James Derbyshire from Spotlight IOW showed his excellent repertoire of skills by singing live ‘Feeling Good’ and performing an Elvis number whilst making the audience laugh by cracking jokes – a change from his regular performances at the Theatre in ‘Beyond The West End’ and Christmas panto’s.

Theatre manager Roger Coleman introduced video messages from the stars, with the exception of Ray Allen who this time was in the auditorium to see the very amusing on-screen antics of Joe Pasquale doing his best to put Ray off giving a sincere message of congratulations for the 10th Anniversary of the Theatre.

Friends of Shanklin Theatre had commissioned a lovely glass memento for Vic Farrow, originally intended to be presented to Vic at the 10th Anniversary celebration which he could sadly not attend. Now the opportunity arose for David Kast, Managing Director of Shanklin Theatre to present the memento to Vic on stage.

To further show appreciation of the huge amount of effort put in by volunteers in keeping Shanklin Theatre running, Chairman of the Friends Janet Wardle presented 5 year service badges to many of the volunteers y volunteers.

The evening on 6th February wrapped up with food and drinks in the bar.

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