What a difference a year makes, and how quickly it has flown by! In the flash of a magic wand and the drop of confetti, Panto season is well and truly underway and now we turn our attentions to reflecting on the year gone by and the year to come.
Personally, as Press & PR Assistant here at Birmingham Hippodrome I am extremely fortunate enough to see the fabulous array of productions that grace our stage throughout the year – but, like anyone, we all have our favourites so I thought I would share some of mine and invite you to tell us yours…?
Beginning with the musicals, personal highlights have to be the glorious Top Hat (complete with black tie opening night) which is now deservedly heading into the West End and the hilarious Avenue Q. I must say the press call that we held ahead of the arrival of Avenue Q was also tremendous fun and featured some very naughty puppets talking about rude things with our journalists!
Tracie Bennett gets my outstanding performance of the year award for her star turn in End of the Rainbow and David Bintley and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Carmina Burana is my dance highlight of 2011. The return of the incomparable Slava’s Snowshow rounds off my top picks, but not to say there weren’t many, many others that I could have plucked out of the calendar in what was certainly a packed programme of events.
One of my best days at work of the year has to be when me and Basil Brush hit the road for a day of interviews, photo calls and a trip to a local school – so showbiz darling and a very nice, friendly fox!
Obviously 2012 is a special year for us as we take on essential work in replacing our stage with the New Stage Appeal, allowing us to continue as one of the best venues in the country for showcasing world class performance, please help pledge your support HERE – every penny really does count.
So, this leads me to one last point…what was your highlight of 2011 and what are you looking forward to in 2012? Oh, and a very happy new year from all of us at Birmingham Hippodrome!