LYMM RFC 2018 Vaudeville Show breaks all records
What a Show! What a Club! What a Community!
Lymm Rugby Club’s Vaudeville Show broke its own box office record in June, raising over £10k for the Lymm RFC Grass Roots Clubhouse Appeal, in one night.
‘What a night and if you were there you will know what I mean,’ commented impresario and show compere Simon Plumb. ‘It was an exciting night full of song, dance and laughter!’
‘The Lymm Panto troupe entertained over 550 which is fantastic,’ he added. ‘The concept is to deliver a modern-day variety show, full of wonderful, witty songs and sketches but, arguably, it was the choreography and musical numbers that stole the show. The atmosphere in the summer marquee was superb and a pleasure to perform in.’
The annual Lymm RFC Christmas Panto has been running for over 30 years now and are sell out events. Because of space limitations in the clubhouse, paid up members get first access to tickets before they go on general sale. However, the huge, deluxe summer marquee, allows us to accommodate over 500 people.
From its formation in 1959/60, the club has always produced entertainment shows for its members by its members and that culture is still with us but it has risen to new heights over the last 30+ years. The club started the summer marquee Vaudeville Nights four years ago and they have all been excellent but this 2018 show was the best yet. Word has gradually filtered out into the village over the last few years and ticket sales have increased every year. It has become a true, Lymm Community event.
Act 1 of the show opened with the rousing song ‘The Greatest Show’ from the film musical ‘The Greatest Showman’, with chorus and dance routine featuring all 19 cast members. It was excellent and everybody knew they were in for a good night. They weren’t disappointed.
There were some memorable sketches and songs that brought the house down.
- Charlie and his chums, yet again, helped Plumby keep his hands warm without getting arrested and throw his voice in all the wrong directions.
- Who will ever again watch cabin crew on a plane go through safety procedures, without thinking of Hayley’s hilarious ‘EasyLay Airlines’ version? Brilliant
- Heskey’s ‘Rhodri the Welsh White Rabbit’ will have the Welsh lining up on the border, threatening to invade. Heskey at his best.
- Laurel & Hardy are alive and well, singing the ‘Lonesome Pine’, curtesy of Tucker & Brian with support from Ollie and Ruley.
- Riggers and Plumby managed to untangle their teeth with the ‘Pheasant Pluckers’ song and were followed out by the local Vicar and Mary Whitehouse who insisted they wash their mouths out.
- Brian’s, ‘Show them to me’ with the supporting cast and later ‘Money, Money, Money’ with Alicia, plus accompaniment from Sara & Hayley and Dancers, could not be bettered on any stage.
- Act 2 opened with a stunning duet by Sara and Hayley ‘This is Me!’, again from ‘The Greatest Showman’. The dance troupe performed a lovely supporting dance accompaniment. We are getting good at this.
- No Vaudeville Night would be the same without acrobats. No problem for Lymm RFC, Maggy and Adam combined to provide a perfect 10 routine. Very clever.
- Fascinating Aida’s ‘(We’re) Getting it’ followed with Sara, Sophie and Hayley. So it’s now official. Standing applause.
- Tucker, Brian and Ruley brought back memories with a tribute to Elvis and then a medley of songs from 80’s pop stars. Audience were ‘All Shook Up’ at some of the outfits.
- A big mention must go to the supporting Lymm Vaudeville Dancing Troupe, boys & girls, the routines were excellent and underlined the quality of the show. A huge thank you to our choreographers, Jan and Alicia.
- Steve Roe, our resident stand up comedian kept the laughter going, whilst the whole cast prepared for our Grand Finale.
- A standing ovation was well deserved with specific individual acclaim to Simon Plumb, who mad it all possible.
We have to thank a superb cast, all members of our unique club, for a very professional and entertaining show.
Keith ‘Tucker’ Broadbent
Paul ‘Riggers’ Rigby
Finally we must mention our unsung back stage staff, who assist with costumes, make up, set and props preparation etc.
Technical Director: John Cartwright. Front of House: Fiona Osborne, Rod Halloran, John Hopkinson and Andy Jackson. Stage Crew: Yvarna Halford, Jess Jennings. Make Up: Chris Rule.
‘We’ll be back for the Lymm Panto in December and in the summer of 2019 so don’t miss these shows!’