Producers Blog


posted 9 Feb 2013, 00:31 by Andy Hoe   [ updated 11 Feb 2013, 10:06 ]

What a brilliant week we had, with crowds pouring through the door for every performance, and some even re-booking to come again.
This year we've had it all, and more. We would like to say a thank you to some people, some of these you don't see on stage, but without their contribution the pantomime would not go ahead.

Firstly... to our wonderful choreographer Mel, without your ideas and wonderful dancers we would not have been able to make the show exciting. Andrew Patchett, for designing all the scenery, and taking our ideas to the next level. Robert  Parker for painting the fantastic scenery and all the other volunteers that help with the preparation and painting of scenery. The planning and building of scenery starts many months before the pantomime and the stage would not look as good without their involvement.  Chris and George Dearden, and Jack Viney who have worked so hard for the past 2/3 weeks preparing sound and lighting for the show week. To Jonathan our musical director, who finds the music and puts a brilliant band together. Even more to a guy who needs a lot of praise Andy Hoe (developer of this website and Facebook page) he is part of a diamond dozen who works hard for everyone and makes the posters, banners, websites, tickets, box office and the all important DVD's.

Without all of you the society would be lost,

It was wonderful to see nearly over a year's work go forward into one week worth of shows. The time and effort of people has been immense, and with the costumes looking as fabulous as they did. we would like to thank the ladies who have helped.
We have enjoyed every moment and have welcomed a few new faces who we hope to see again and again.
A BIG thank you and well done to everyone involved, you have made a dream come true.
Bring on PANTO 2014
Lynda and Daniel Jowett
Cinderella 2013!

Act 1, beginners to the stage, and curtains up.

posted 29 Jan 2013, 05:25 by Andy Hoe

Act 1, beginners to the stage, and curtains up.

The YMCA pantomime is underway. And we have had some very special guests so far.
On the Saturday matinee the Halifax Courier came to take the big crowd picture and some of our wonderful cast. Then last night the Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale joined in the world of pantomime.

Tuesday we have our BOGOF offer in the Halifax Courier, so if you fancy a wonderful magical night out then please do come down to see the show.

Once again the cast, dancers, and crew have done an amazing job in creating this absolutely magical and wonderful show, and we thank them for their hard work.

So remember we run until Saturday 2nd February. So get down to the Halifax YMCA and enjoy the wonderful world of Cinderella.

Lynda and Danny
Producers Cinderella 2013

The Countdown begins

posted 7 Jan 2013, 11:13 by Andy Hoe


With the start of the month the countdown to curtain up (well open) is coming rather quickly.

With cast now being able to take more co-ordination now scripts are down, the rehearsals are starting to take a new shape, with the dancers being more involved (JUST REMEMEBER SING LOUD) the show has taken a great turn and soon being able to be on stage will bring the whole production together.

We promised the magical aspects and believe me, there's allot of it, you will be spell bound. and want to see it again and again.

After a recent adventure to the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford to watch their version of Cinders, the cast have found a new vigour about them and have started to lift their heads, and be more energetic.


This year we are in need of help for front of house staff who will help our wonderful audience to their seats, purchase programmes or sell raffle tickets. then please don't hesitate to contact us.

Tickets are selling quick and fast. so book early to avoid the disappointment of missing out on this wonderful show.

Look out for our promotions team, who will be out and about each Saturday around town, get your flyers and book.

We look forward to seeing you soon


Lynda and Daniel

Producers Cinderella 2013


posted 2 Dec 2012, 04:36 by Andy Hoe


Well with just 2 months left, the rehearsals are in full flow,

The cast have started rehearsals without scripts, and are taking the new direction very well.
The dancers are coming along brilliantly and are, getting better and singing louder every time we watch them, but it’s the little dancers that are making the most vocals.

Scenery is being built, quickly. And the cast will soon be able to venture onto the stage mid December. Many of which will be there first time. The first timers are doing exceptional, and have been welcomed into the pantomime family.

You may have noticed an increase in posters, whether it be in the indoor market, or local shops, and cafes. I would like to thank them  for supporting us by putting the posters up in the windows. And 3 banners have now been placed in and around town, one being at the Peace Hall. Where I’m sure you’ll notice it if you go to the Christmas Lights switch on.


We are also currently looking for people that would like to advertise in this years programme.

For more information, please email us with your interest. The closing date for this will be 16/12/2012.


To book them:
Book Online,
Pick up a leaflet.
Call: 01422 353626
OR... come into:
Halifax YMCA
Crossley Street


posted 6 Nov 2012, 13:15 by Andy Hoe   [ updated 6 Nov 2012, 13:22 ]


Well this year has brought in some changes again. This year you will have the privilege of 2 new producers, mother and son combination Danny and Lynda Jowett.

Danny: I have 19 years of experience with the society, I started young as a dancer, then taking my first main role as Simple Simon in ‘Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.’ as well as playing other roles I have played are John in ‘Peter Pan’. For the past 6 years I have worked backstage becoming Stage manager. And now am looking forward to the challenges ahead of being a co-producer, and working more harder on the technical side and designing.

Lynda: Where to start I have been with the society for 33 years, starting as a dancer, then becoming a choreographer for 10 years. In my time with the society I have been on the stage, taking on the role of Dandini in Cinderella, the last time we performed the show And taking on the new challenges of being backstage, doing props. This is a challenging role doing the producer but I feel that I’m stepping into it very well.

This has been the busiest production for a long time, with the making of costumes and making sure that all the script has been platted.



Well we are very far into the rehearsal period now. And the cast are doing very well. And the scenery is coming along grandly.

The dancing looks brilliant, and the kids are all doing very well.

The work has been long and strenuous but it's all starting to come together.

If you are wanting to help out either on show week or during the preparations then contact us through the web site.

And one last thing, Welcome to the Cinderella 2013

 Danny and Lynda Jowett (Producers)

New producers Blog September 2011

posted 5 Sept 2011, 13:53 by Andy Hoe

Hi, my names Amanda and I’ve been involved with the Halifax YMCA Pantomime Society for 15 years when I first began as a dancer. For those of you who regularly support our society you will have seen me on stage over the years in varying roles. However, after a well earned rest last year I have returned to make my debut as producer. I am very excited about our 2012 production of Puss in Boots and I aspire, with the help of very experienced past producers to create the kind of fun packed, high quality show that our audiences are used to!


Much work has already been done with talented choreographers Kate and Mel, and a very dedicated production team who are all buzzing to get started with this years show so I am certain it is set to be a good one. In the meantime I hope you find our website fun and exciting and I very much look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. Puss in Boots 2012 opens on Saturday 28th January 2012 and runs until Saturday 4th February 2012.


Much love


Amanda x

Producers Blog 29/1/2011

posted 29 Jan 2011, 00:45 by Andy Hoe

“It’s Show Time!” as the saying goes. Today will see all our hard work culminate in the first of our nine shows being performed at 2.15pm.

This is therefore my final blog as on the whole my job is done. All that remains for me to do is to continue to support and encourage all members of the cast and crew over the next week.

It doesn’t seem two minutes since I began this “journey” (as the saying goes). This would not have been possible without the help of some key individuals some of which I know only did this year’s pantomime as a personal favour to me and for that I am very grateful. I just hope that they think the end result is worth it. I certainly do and I believe that we have prepared an excellent show which I believe the public will thoroughly enjoy, whatever their age.


I will therefore sign off for the last time as producer and I wish the next producer the very best of luck for 2012. And just remember “Enjoy”

Andy Bean


Producer Blogg January 2011

posted 17 Jan 2011, 14:55 by Andy Hoe

Well just under two weeks to go and then it’s “Show Time!” This will therefore be one of my final news-letters as 2011 producer.

As always at this time of year, there are a lot of little jobs that need doing especially on the Friday just prior to the first show. One of which is the numbering of the seats after the YMCA staff have put them out. If any parents could offer a couple of hours on Friday  28th to help with this or with the decorating of the hall then please either contact myself or Andy Hoe. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

If any parents would like to assist show week (and I know many of you are) then again please contact any of the production team. This assistance can be for example selling programmes or assisting back stage or assisting with in the box office etc. As the advert says “Every little Helps”

Finally as a tradition we always go out for lunch on the Friday of show week nothing fancy just a pub lunch. This is open to all including parents so if you would like to join us then just let me know during show week so I can give you a time and place.

So here’s to a good and enjoyable show!

Andy Bean (Producer)

Producers Blog 30th December 2010

posted 1 Jan 2011, 21:39 by Andy Hoe

As we approach the end of 2010 the realisation that we only have 4 weeks to "Curtain Up" dawns on all the production team.

I recently attended a band practise and can say that the music this year is going to great! with a big full sound and musical numbers to suit everybody. The scenery as always is excellent and the costume team are well on track to ensure that a colourful and vibrant production is going to be presented on the 29th January. 


May I wish everyone including all parents a Happy New Year and thank everyone for their hard work to date.


As we enter 2011, I would ask everyone to continue to publicise the Pantomime as much as possible either by word of mouth or by ensuring poster are displayed in all local shops, schools or local community clubs. Please can everyone get ticket orders in as soon as possible so the level of ticket sales are known before the programme goes to print.


We traditionally after the first Saturday Night performance go to the ADA club just off Queens road for a Pie and Pea supper. Children are welcome but must be supervised and a certain level of behaviour is expected. The cost this year will be a just £2. A list will be circulated over the next couple of rehearsals. So if you are interested please enter your name and the number of of pie and peas required. All parents are welcome as are family and friends.


Thanks again and remember "Enjoy!"

Andy Bean

Producers Blog December 2010

posted 30 Nov 2010, 11:14 by Andy Hoe

First of all may I thank everyone for all their hard work, commitment and support. There is however, still a lot to do, but I am confident that if everyone continues to put in the same level of effort and commitment already shown, we will (as of the 29th January) have an absolutely brilliant Pantomime of the highest quality!


We are now moving into the most important two months with regard to publicity. We need to ensure that as many people as possible are aware of our Pantomime, before they decide to go to and see another production over Christmas. This is why the Piece Hall event was potentially so important.

Thank you to everyone including parents and friends who supported this event. Unfortunately the event was not well advertised by the Piece Hall and as a result of this and the cold weather the number of people who attended was limited. I am informed that our performance was head and shoulders above any of the others. However on a positive note, as a result of our commitment to the event the Piece Hall have said we can as of the beginning of January place one of our banners over the main entrance replacing the Victoria Theatres banner which is presently there.

As indicated above we now have two banners one of which is already on display on Huddersfield Road. We do still need a home for the second Banner so if anybody knows of anyone who has a private wall or railings which can be used to display the banner up until the end of December then please contact either myself or Andrew Hoe. Also if anyone has or knows of anyone who has a pickup type truck then we would like to use it in January as part of the publicity drive.

We are hoping to get at least two publicity articles in the Evening courier during December. One of which is in conjunction with one of our sponsors - Ziggy’s Spice House who have very kindly stated that if anyone produces a Pantomime ticket between now and the conclusion of the Pantomime, then they will receive a 10% discount on any meal. If anyone knows of any other local business which may want to do something similar then please contact me with details. If anyone else has any other publicity ideas then please let us know. However can I just say that at this present time we are in desperate need of people who will do as well as think and therefore any hands on support would be greatly appreciated.

As you know we were are doing the Pantomime in association with Victim Support who very kindly turned up at the Piece Hall to support the event. Publicity leaflets have been issued with every news letter to all volunteers and to every Connect Housing resident. We are also having an article in their national magazine.

Can everyone please ensure that they have posters and leaflets and get them displayed in all your local shops, such as sandwich shops, news agents, Hairdressers etc.

Also as you write your Christmas cards this year why not place one of the smaller leaflets in with card?  These can be obtained from Andrew Hoe.

Ticket Sales

Letters have now been sent out to all schools and shortly to sports clubs.

Tickets can be purchased in one of the following ways:-

Ticket line – 07722 457839.      YMCA office number – 01422 353626

Or our website

Please get all your friends and family to come and watch and get as many tickets sold as possible. If you are struggling to know what to buy people at Christmas we now have Ticket Vouchers which would make a perfect Christmas gift.

 Booking Forms are now available.  

Thanks for time and remember enjoy!

 Andy Bean - Producer

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