|Backstage with KATS|
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Working backstage involves just as much hard work as being on stage. A large team come together every show to provide set design and construction; lighting, sound and effects; and the glittering assortment of costumes required for every show.
KATS are lucky to have several venues available, each offering different challenges.
Regular helpers include those shown below, with many more members who have done their bit over the years.
|Chairman - KATS chairman, sound designer, keyboard player and director of four shows so far, John is certainly a versatile member of the group. As a sometime author and musician, would you believe he even has his own sound studio at home! '); return false">John Hicks|
|Aiming for a management style of genial uncle rather than panto villain, John has been Chairman for two years and is enjoying the challenge of moving the group forward and providing the members and public with quality shows to enjoy.|
|Stage Manager - Dave is responsible for the running of each show, once the Director has handed over at the end of rehearsals. Heavily involved in planning each production to avoid impossible scene changes. Manages the heavy lifting work on stage and tries to keep everyone quiet in the wings. '); return false">Dave Helyer|
|Responsible for the running of each show, once the Director has handed over at the end of rehearsals. Heavily involved in planning each production to avoid impossible scene changes Dave always manages to store more set backstage than will physically fit whilst trying to keep everyone quiet in the wings.|
|Assistant Stage Manager -
olanzapin behandlingolanzapin 15 mg olanzapin erfaringer olanzapin stadaDave joined KATS in 1994 and after years of lurking in the darker corners of the stage as a techie he finally decided to tread the boards.
After co-producing Frankenstein the Panto he ventured onto the stage in The Slipper and the Rose, and featured more recently as The Voice in Little Shop of Horrors.'); return false">Dave Marsh
|When not appearing on stage, Dave is usually found lurking in the wings, assisting Dave Helyer in his stage manager duties.
A long term hut man, Dave is well known for producing some great set and props from old cereal boxes, egg cartons and yoghurt pots!
Dave is also probably the only hut man not scared to pick up a needle and thread and help out making costumes.
|Lighting Director - Carl has been an active member of the backstage crew since 1994. He is group treasurer and also maintains this website. Tasked with designing the lighting and pyrotechnic effects for each production he waits for a fuse to blow during the show!
Carl also produced "Frankenstein the Panto", "Hercules the Panto!!" and "Trouble in Pantoland"'); return false">Carl Dibble
|Designs the lighting and pyrotechnic effects for each show. Carl programmes the lighting moves into the control desk at Tech rehearsal and then waits for a fuse to blow during the show!|
|Sound Technician - Karen thoroughly enjoys being a member of KATS! While she has appeared on stage once, for most performances shes usually found safely behind the sound desk. Karen has also been part of the backstage crew, helped out on front of house, and directed the 2010 pantomime, Cinderella2 - After the ball.'); return false">Karen Richardson|
|Karen has taken over the running of sound from the ever busy John Hicks, although is still assisted in the task by John.|