Sheana's involvement with Maskers goes back to 1968...being a founder member. She played Hero in our first production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed The Wind in the Willows at Mottisfont Abbey and Little Women at The Nuffield, costumed many shows and appeared in Antigone in 2017. The audiences love our Christmas show and this is Sheana's fourth as director - she enjoys the challenge of presenting in different ways!
The Cast (In order of appearance)
Sir Francis Jacob-Holmes played by Eric Petterson
Eric joined Maskers in 2012. He enjoyed picking up young ladies in Chekhov's The Yalta Game, was Joe Gargery, Wemmick and Drummel, sometimes in the correct costume in Great Expectations, and a particularly bolshie guard in Antigone. He was considered weird enough for Wyrd Sisters. This will be his sixth Christmas show and he’s enjoyed them all.
Lady Helena Jacob-Holmes played by Marie McDade
Marie has been a Masker since 2011 and this will be her third Christmas Show. As her recent roles have been mostly unglamorous – Granny Weatherwax in Wyrd Sisters, a grizzled sea captain and a hopeless flower-seller in Around the World in 80 Days – she is looking forward to embodying Edwardian festive elegance this December.
Cousin Rosalind played by Rachel Eynon
This is Rachel's first Christmas show for Maskers. You may have spotted her disguised as several characters in Wyrd Sisters. Just one role this time! Rachel is very much looking forward to being part of this seasonal presentation...after all, 'it's the most wonderful time of the year'.
Rosalind's daughter Amy played by Molly McDade
Despite being a Masker since 2014, this will be Molly's first Christmas show. Her previous roles have been as a first mate, an elephant rider and a rabid jackal, and she is now looking forward to joining in the festive fun!
Ashton, the butler played by Philip de Grouchy
Having dusted himself off again for yet another Maskers' Christmas Show, Philip looks forward to throwing himself, not too vigorously, into numerous colourful characterisations. More realistically, he's becoming a specialist in old, doddering characters with memory problems - no acting required. With luck, he may turn up at the right venue each night!
Maisie, the maid played by SJ Wareham
Sarah-Jayne has loved acting and directing with Maskers. Her fave roles so far include Mrs Robinson in The Graduate, numerous characters and furniture moving in Great Expectations, and most recently as the lead in Antigone and Magrat in Wyrd Sisters. She’s looking forward to serving up a festive delight this Christmas!
Mrs Glossop, housekeeper played by Christine Baker
Chris has been a Masker for many years, taking part in a variety of productions, both in the studio and the Nuffield Theatre. Most recently Chris played Helen Dixon in Alan Ayckbourn's Ten Times Table. Chris is happy to be involved once again with our Christmas presentation.
Edmund Braithwaite, friend of family played by Peter Court
This is Peter's debut with Maskers - he's new to acting. His only previous experience was being cast as third weasel in his school's version of The Wind In The Willows. In his spare time, he enjoys making unpleasant noises on the bass guitar.
Aunt Agatha, accompanist played by Rosa Longman
Rosa was seven years old when she first learned to play the piano. She has played with so many societies, too numerous to list here. We are so pleased that she is able to play for us this year, we know we are in safe hands!
Great Uncle Herbert played by David Jupp
David joined Maskers in 1971 and was the treasurer during the time at the Basset Theatre. He became premises manager when Maskers moved to their current Studio location. He has acted both at Mottisfont and the Nuffield and performed in many of the Christmas anthologies. He was trained at the London College of Music and has been in musical themed shows through out his life.
Southampton Operatic Society founded in 1924 has produced a wide variety of shows, from Grand Opera, Gilbert and Sullivan, to modern musicals. A group of singers from this society have formed to entertain local and national charities. They are called SOS entertainers, and part of this group is
performing in our show under the name of The Nightingales! Very apt!
Guest Artiste - John Hamon
In more than 40 years, this is only John's second appearance in a Maskers' Christmas Show..........so he is looking forward to the Christmas spirit!