MAD About Waddesdon 2010

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Cuddington Youth Drama and Papillon performed twice on the large Orbit Stage at MAD About Waddesdon at Waddesdon Manor on 26th June 2010.

Our first set belonged to Papillon, featuring the delightful voices of Jesse and Elena. Their opening number was the version of Amazing Grace made famous by All Saints, Never Ever, with the children from CYD joining in with backing vocals. Next came Wade in the Water, an African-American spiritual first published in 1901, sung by Elena with Jesse’s backing vocals and with CYD snapping their fingers and providing the members of an imaginary backing band. Jesse performed the next song, Newton Faulkner’s The Blower’s Daughter, with Elena accompanying her on guitar. Elena then sang the Tracy Chapman song Give Me One Reason, and this was followed by both Elena and Jesse with their version of the Norah Jones and Dolly Parton song Creepin’ In. Jesse finished off the set with a storming rendition of Don’t Rain On My Parade from the musical Funny Girl.

Thanks to Jane Tewson for these photos (click to enlarge):


Three grotesque witches dance around their cauldron, casting spells and muttering strange incantations. The cauldron grows in size and the liquid within spins faster and faster until with a loud fizz the cauldron explodes... This was the dramatic start to CYD’s second set at MAD 2010.

Out of the remains of the cauldron appeared Martha, Laura, Martha, Fanette and Molly, with a terrific high-energy dance choreographed by Martha to Blame It on the Pop, DJ Earworm’s mash-up based on the Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling.

Next on stage was Laura with a lovely version of the Jason Mraz song I’m Yours as an unaccompanied solo. This was followed by Laura and Jesse singing two songs, Why Georgia by John Mayer and the Oasis song Wonderwall, accompanied by Andrew and Laura’s brother Tom on guitar. Tom deserves special credit because he sustained a serious injury to one of his fingers only ten days before the performance.

The witches’ cauldron reappeared on stage, shrank and then finally collapsed, marking the end of the set.