Land Ahoy!

After a really difficult few months it seems our tempestuous voyage, through Covid-infested waters, may finally be coming to an end. We are now just weeks away, with final testing nearing completion, so it’s time to brace yourselves for the roll-out.
We’ve received the long-anticipated statutory guidance from above and, although it still has to be signed off the MPAB (Masonic Panto Approval Board), we’ve now made some last-minute changes to ensure compliance.
Here’s a summary:
• Under the new rules, our planned audience seating arrangements are no longer permitted. Apologies if you’ve got tickets for the Stalls and Circle but you will now all be on Tier 3
• Audience participation is allowed but only via the chat function (eg ‘He’s 2 metres behind you!’). A ‘boo/hiss’ function is undergoing trials the Past Commanders and will hopefully be available to download from the Provincial website in time for the show
• Wearing masks is now compulsory. This has effectively made the Ugly Sister roles redundant so these brethren have now been redeployed to fill the vacancies in Daisy the Cow
Latest on Act 3 – the finale
Alanddin and Widow Twankey (well done Robert for sourcing the pink wig and face paint during lockdown) have located the evil Capt. Jaggered Hook’s workshop so Peter, Michael and the North & East Lost Boys have been freed and are on their way back. After quarantine they should be able to spend Christmas working from home. It’s rumoured they found Hook hiding in his mezzanine and he’s also homeward-bound. If found guilty he’s destined to serve another 10 years as Scribe to atone for his heinous crimes.
The owner of the convenience store in Clayton wants to know if the performance dates are imminent as he says the Good Fairy is upsetting his customers. I know it was a struggle getting into the tutu Howard but you should really remove it between rehearsals.
Other news
Unfortunately, Old York Mark’s Virtual Business Nativity has had to be postponed for want of another two Wise Men to complete the trio. They are, however, following Province’s lead and are planning a Virtual Business Carol Service and ask for your suggestions. Already they’ve received requests for While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks Zoom; In the Bleak Mid-lockdown; We Three Kings are socially distancing; O’ Little Town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee in Tier 3; Silent Night (I think you’re on mute).
Finally, I’ll be arranging a proper virtual business meeting for 28th January 2021 at 7pm so the Lodge can formally agree to roll-forward the WCN and officers until 2022. Please put the date in your diaries. I’ll send details in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, have a lovely Christmas and New Year. Take care everyone and stay safe!