Angela & Brian Stansbridge
Brian and Angela have been members of Maskers for over 40 years and have been involved in many productions – too many to list! They have enjoyed ‘treading the boards’ whenever the opportunity arose, working behind the scenes with the technical and production teams, on costumes and sets, and generally helping out when needed.
Brian has directed many plays, and acted in many more. Angela played Philippa in Ayckbourn’s Ten Times Table earlier this year and is enjoying new the challenge of directing Mistletoe Junction. Both were involved in last year's Christmas show, Room at the Inn, and were so inspired by the vintage vibe, they had to come back for more!
This is the first time Brian and Angela have directed a show together, and they assure us it has been an interesting and rewarding experience! They are keen to welcome you into the Studio, saying "We hope you have enjoyed being transported back to 1957 – we have had a great time compiling the material and taking a step back to the dawn of pop music, remembering musty old station waiting rooms, cold winters and trains that don’t turn up on time!"
So sit back, relax, and please have your tickets ready, as it's all aboard for this year's Maskers Christmas show.
Musical Director and Pianist (and "the piano teacher") was Rosa Longman
Since starting to play the piano at the age of 7 Rosa has been involved with music all her life. She also enjoys singing and has sung Alto in Southampton Choral Society for almost 30 years. As well as music she loves solving crosswords, taking part in and watching quiz programmes. Rosa is enjoying being part of the Maskers Christmas entertainers again this year.
The Cast (In order of appearance)
Peggy played by Bonnie Kaye
This is Bonnie’s debut with Maskers. As a member of the Nuffield Youth Theatre she appeared in The Great Gramboolian Plain, Skellig, The Red Red Shoes, and Metamorphosis, as well as working on improvised pieces. She is enjoying being part of the Maskers Christmas Team giving her a chance to enjoy her love of singing, dancing and literature.
Col Harvey Mainwaring played by Philip DeGrouchy
Philip has been a Masker since the early 70s of the last century, and since the dawn of the 21st has both appeared in, and devised some, of the Christmas Shows. The Company has changed venues several times in vain and desperate attempts to shake him off, but here he is again, this time as Colonel Harvey Mainwaring... but who is he hoping to meet at Mistletoe Junction
Gwen played by Marie McDade
Marie has been a Masker now for five years and has appeared in a wide range of productions, from Shakespeare to Ayckbourn and back again. This is her second Christmas Show and she has loved getting back into the spirit of the 50’s. Rock and Roll!
Shane played by Eric Petterson
Eric started a late acting and singing career with A Christmas Charivari in 2012. He also performed in the Christmas shows in 2013 and 2014. His straight acting roles have included the Guard in Forward to the Right and Jack in The Weir. He played Gaunt in a touring version of Richard II and had a hobby of picking up young ladies in The Yalta Game. He really enjoyed last year’s Christmas show and is enthusiastic about Mistletoe Junction.
Celia played by Jill Desborough
This is Jill's sixth show since joining Maskers just over two years ago. These have included a touring production of Richard II and two outdoor summer shows. She has enjoyed all of them. Her first show for Maskers was Christmas is A-Comin' in 2014, so she is particularly delighted to take part in this year's Christmas Show. She has had fun helping to devise the character of Celia, drawing in part on the experiences of her own grandmother, and this has been a lovely group to get into the Christmas spirit with!
Beryl played by Maire Allen
Maire has been a Masker for 13 years, appearing in The Merry Wives of Windsor and as a drunken housekeeper in When We Are Married. She worked onstage professionally in her teens and twenties. As a director, Maire has brought Jingle Bells, Cheek, The Gentle Hook and Her Tongue to the Maskers Studio and Totton Festival and in 2008 she directed An Ideal Husband at the Nuffield Theatre. Now Maire is enjoying pushing a tea trolley in Mistletoe Junction!
Sam played by Brian Stansbridge
Brian Stansbridge has been a member of the Maskers for over 40 years, acting in many productions and directing quite a few, including last year’s Christmas show Room at the Inn (co-directing with Sheana Carrington). His last planned acting role was as Long John Silver in Treasure Island, but the performance which probably gave him his greatest buzz was taking over a major part on the last night of this year’s Nuffield show, Ten Times Table with half a day’s notice, when the Masker playing the part lost his voice!!