Saturday, 11 July 2015

Strolling into Summer

Carnival rehearsals are well underway and our theme is going to have you giggling across the Island this always, though, it's top secret, so don't go asking a Stroller to give the game away, our lips are sealed!

We've been rehearsing, costume-crafting and float-building for a few weeks now and things are going swimmingly. With only two weeks until our first carnival on Saturday 25th July in Sandown, we're polishing up the routines and putting the final touches to our floats ready to wow the crowds once more.

But that's not all we've been up to!

Last weekend, some of our members and their friends and families took part in a car treasure hunt around the Island, organised by two of our wonderful committee members, Judith Day and Mike Squibb. There were ten teams taking part in the fundraiser and everyone (eventually!) made it back to the picnic point with 'The Dibley Winners' emerging victorious.

We'll also be at the Funtasia Festival at Los Altos Park in Sandown on the 25th and 26th July, running a bottle tombola to raise more funds to cover the ever-increasing cost of putting on our shows, so we can continue to give as much money to local charities as we can. If you can support us by donating some bottles (full ones!) then please leave a comment or get in touch via Facebook to let us know - or you can just come along and buy a ticket or five for the tombola and try your luck at winning a prize!

Speaking of fundraising, one of our members - Nicola Chastney, known to Aladdin audiences as So-Shy - is abseiling the Spinnaker Tower for Parkinson's UK next weekend. Good luck, Nicola, we're all rooting for you!

Another not-so-little announcement comes in the form of our 2016 pantomime. In our last blog entry, we announced it as being Mother Goose, but sadly we've struggled to find a script this time around that meets the needs of the company so we've done a bit of a U-turn and our 2016 pantomime will now be...

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!

A firm favourite with many of our members, this classic fairytale was last brought to life by The Wight Strollers in 2008 and we can't wait to bring it back!

Our director will be casting the show over the summer and rehearsals will start in the autumn, along with our usual selection of backstage blogs for your enjoyment. In the meantime, watch this space for carnival news and pictures and we'll see you out and about this carnival season - give us a wave when you spot us!

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