The Director & Author of this production was Meri Mackney
Meri has been a Masker for many years and has been involved with a large number of productions both on and off-stage, indoor and open-air. She has been in and/or directed several of the Christmas shows and is really enjoying the particularly light-hearted nature of this year’s show, which she scripted (with some help from the cast) as well as directed.
Carol Singer 1 & Housekeeper was played by Chris Baker
Chris is a long-standing member of the company, having been involved with many productions both on and off stage; she is currently the treasurer. Her last appearance was as Helen Dixon in Ten Times Table at the Nuffield Theatre. She is glad to be involved once again with our Christmas presentation.
Carol Singer 2, Pianist & Anthony was played by Jill Desborough
Jill has been a Masker since 2014 and is delighted to be involved once again in the Christmas Show – her third since joining. In that time, she has also had roles in a touring production of Richard II, Metamorphosis at Maskers Studio and two outdoor shows at Hamptworth Lodge, Jungle Book and Pygmalion. She is looking forward to rehearsing and performing with a lovely group of people – but facing the challenge of displaying her dubious prowess on the piano with some trepidation!
Carol Singer 3 & Daisy was played by Jo Fox
Jo has been an active Masker for 10 years and has played a variety of roles, including a lady in waiting in Anne Boleyn, Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest and a monkey in The Jungle Book. The Maskers’ Christmas show really helps to kick off the most wonderful time of the year and Jo is looking forward to getting into the Christmas spirit during rehearsals and having fun with some singing and dancing, as well as acting.
Carol Singer 4 & Cynthia was played by Bonnie Kaye
Bonnie has loved performing for as long as she can remember. She spent a lot of her youth acting at the Nuffield Theatre in shows such as The Great Gromboolian Plain, Skellig, and The Red Red Shoes. Bonnie made her debut for Maskers at last year's Christmas show Mistletoe Junction. Since then she has enjoyed playing a flirty French maid in An Italian Straw Hat and is looking forward to playing a flirty upper-class Lady in this year's Christmas show Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.
Carol Singer 5 & Bill was played by Robert Osborne
Robert’s first ever role with Maskers was as a stage manager on the 2011 Christmas show Jingle Bells. In the last six years he has taken on a variety of roles, both offstage and onstage, and now comes back to the Maskers’ Christmas show where it all started. He recently appeared as Haimon in Antigone at Maskers studio and will step into the director’s role for the first time in October 2018, directing Happy by Robert Caisley.
Carol Singer 6, Guitar & Poor Tom was played by Eric Petterson
Eric started a late acting/singing career as the guard in Forward to the Right and Jack in The Weir. He played Gaunt in a touring version of Richard II and enjoyed picking up young ladies in The Yalta Game. He was Jo Gargery, Wemick and Drummel, sometimes in the correct costume, in Great Expectations, and a particularly bolshie guard in Antigone.
Carol Singer 7 & Sir Jasper was played by Jonathan Shepherd (Not Saturday 9th December performance)
Regular attendees at Maskers’ Christmas shows may recognise Jonathan from his appearance in Room at the Inn in 2015. In that show he played a variety of characters, including a dashing young RAF pilot, and Father Christmas! Jonathan has also appeared in a selection of other Maskers’ shows over the years, including Pride and Prejudice (2007), Ann Boleyn (2013) and Our Town (2014).
Carol Singer 7 & Sir Jasper was played by Jonathan Marmont (Saturday 9th December performance only)
Jonathan played Gregor Samsa in Metamorphosis for which he received the Best Actor In A Drama Curtain Call Award for 2016, followed by a stint at The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton in An Inspector Calls. Also in 2016, he played Professor Higgins in Pygmalion. This year roles include Boby in An Italian Straw Hat at The Nuffield and Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice for RAODS. He was back in the open air at Hamptworth Lodge playing Phileas Fogg in Around The World In 80 Days. It’s been a busy couple of years! Jonathan enjoys playing a wide variety of characters which is just as well as Michal in The Pillowman (RAODS) could not be more different to any role he has played before. He is relishing the Christmas spirit that this current production will bring.