December 13 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 30, 2013
The curtain has closed on Cromer’s summer show season after four months of end-of-the-pier comedy, song, magic and dance.
Audience numbers were down on last year but Pier Pavilion bosses say they are not despondent as other shows fared much worse.
And, after the stage lights had dimmed for a final time, there was an bit of extra drama at the after-show party, when an audience member proposed to her boyfriend.
Roseanna Paul popped the question to Ricky James McWee in the theatre bar having been announced by show comedienne and singer Jo Little.
Roseanna, 25, from Cromer said: “I have been terrified all night. I have followed Jo for a couple of years – I love her jokes and ‘girl power’ so I asked her for some support.”
Ricky, 19, had an inkling something was afoot when he was picked out by Jo for a bit of audience participation – having to run past a speed camera in the auditorium to trigger a picture of the audience.
He said yes to the proposal, to cheers from the cast, crew and show supporters marking the end of the season.
Rory Holburn, a director of Openwide Coastal which runs the show, said it had been a “really tough year.”
Figures were down – at around 34,000 visitors, compared with the 40,000 at its peak in 2005 – but customer satisfaction was up according to exit surveys.
“We are not despondent – because we have fared significantly better than some other summer shows which have had to close mid season,” he added.
After some experimentation this year, next season was likely to see a “very conventional” show that highlighted “the best of the past 15 years”, concentrating on the song, dance and musical theatre audiences loved.
The show was attracting a new audience through adding more comedy and marketing developments, but it was important not to alienate the loyal customers.