The Director of this production is Eric Petterson
Eric joined Maskers in 2012 to write songs and sing in the Christmas show. Up to now he has been an actor in many shows, including Great Expectations, Antigone, Wyrd Sisters and, latterly, as Len in Comfort Me with Apples. He has regularly performed in Christmas shows over the years, but this is his first time as director. He says that acting is much easier. In the words of Blackadder – “You just get drunk, stick on silly hats and trust to luck.". He doesn’t think that’ll work for a director…
Inn Keeper is played by Jez Minns
Jez has been acting with the Maskers since he was thirty and has been involved in many shows and made many wonderful friends. Recent productions include An Italian Straw Hat, Around the World in Eighty Days, Don Quixote and Twelfth Night. He’s very happy to be in this year’s Christmas show and next year he’ll be directing the one-act comedy Sharks in the Custard.
Star is played by Heather Calloway
A member of Maskers since 2018 only, Heather had an exhausting, but thoroughly enjoyable, time playing various small parts in the summer production of Don Quixote at Hamptworth. Then The Flint Street Nativity came along, a truly different kind of Christmas production and – well, who wouldn’t relish the idea of playing a star-struck seven-year-old? After all, her stage début at that age was playing Mary in the church nativity – although she is not saying how many years ago that was!
Narrator is played by Brian Sansbridge
Brian has been a member of Maskers for much longer that he cares to remember and has been involved in many shows, both as an actor and a director. Recent acting credits include Miguel de Cervantes in Don Quixote, the Station Master in our 2016 Christmas production Mistletoe Junction, Long John Silver in Treasure Island, plus taking over a major part in Separate Tables at the Nuffield Theatre, at nine hours’ notice, when the actor playing the part was stricken with laryngitis. Recent directing credits include Mistletoe Junction, Room at the Inn, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Servant of Two Masters and The Comedy of Errors.
Herod/Joseph is played by Ian Wilson
Ian has just finished directing 100 in the studio and considered that the prospect of going on to play a seven-year-old in a school nativity was a good way to wind down! He played an Innkeeper in a Junior school production just after the events of this nativity took place, so feels well able to bring in a vast experience of the period. Interestingly, some may argue that it’s not the first time as a member of Maskers he has been able to act like a kid.
Wiseman Frankinsense is played by Philip de Grouchy
Once again, your Yuletide is to be graced by Philip’s presence in the Maskers' Christmas Show. 'Can't they get rid of him?' you ask. Poor old fellow, we have to take pity on him; he can only manage shows in which he sits down for most of the time, as he thought - only to find himself tottering about as a very young school boy who can't 'thay hith eth-eth' in this funny yet touching comic nativity.
Mary is played by Jane Russell
The Flint Street Nativity marks Jane’s debut for Maskers (despite having been a member for several years!) and she is delighted to form new friendships. Since rekindling her love of acting in 2012, she has performed in over 25 productions with both RAODS and EOMS, her most recent been her favourite ever role – the infamous Mrs Godwin in Mary Shelley. Being a primary school teacher for over 30 years, Jane knows only too well the delights of the annual Christmas nativity – enough said!
Wiseman Gold is played by Rachel Eynon
Oh no, it is that time of year again.. This is becoming an annual event for Rachel! Last year she was a suffragette; this year she is a bit more needy and longs to be teacher’s pet. Poor Wise Gold wants to be everybody's friend. Will it end in tears? Let's hope her mum wins the bingo. Rachel herself has lots of lovely friends in the Maskers and is really enjoying herself finding her inner child (who is never far away).
Angel is played by Molly McDade
Gabriel is played by Marie McDade
Marie has been a Masker since 2011 and this will be her 4th Christmas Show. Her most recent role was a trophy wife/masseuse in A Bunch of Amateurs. She was – briefly – a junior school teacher back in the day, so will be drawing on distant but painful memories of school assemblies for this year’s nativity!
Shepherd is played by Sue Dashper
Ass is played by Jo Iacovou