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Woody's Magic Music Hall

Hi all, I haven't seen much on here about Woody's Magic Music Hall so thought I'd start it off.

For those who don't know it was situated in which is now the Palladium conference rooms (yawn!) and I think it was probably very closely based on The Country Bears Jamboree at Disneyland and Disney World Florida, I'm sure Joe got a lot of inspiration from there for the park. Though there's was and still is audio animatronics, the Pleasurewood one were puppets.

There were 3 curtained boxes (like in a theatre) and each one would open on different occasions with different puppet act on each time. The only box that stayed the same was the left hand one. This one had a nearly life size Woody Bear puppet who was the compare of the show introducing the different acts and ending his introductions by bashing a cymbal. After each intro his curtain would close giving the puppeteers enough time to run over and help perform the other acts. I can't remember all of the acts only a couple. I remember 2 large crows singing on a rooftop, Dolly Parton style cat which Woody ended up doing a duet with. Also I think there was a couple of skeleton puppets with UV lighting and in the picture below from a postcard a couple of Mexicans.

All the sound was recorded and they had it timed so that I think 2 or 3 could operate the entire show smoothly. I'm sure someone told me that they were usually drama students working over the summer. There were also 2 boxes at either side of the main stages with Spitting Image styles characters looking as if the were watching the show. I'm positive that one of them was Margaret Thatcher. It all looked wonderful and very well done. It could have probably gone on for a lot longer but new management put in changes. I think it disappeared when Crinkley Bottom came on the scene. I think it was all made by a scenic company near Beccles called then APW and now called Scenic Projects, as I'm sure The Haunted Castle Show, Fairytale Land and Aladdin was all made by them too.

Would love to see some photo's of the show if anyone has any or even better a film. It seems like this great little show has been forgotten about a bit even though it was there for about 12 years or so. Bubbles mentioned about the theme music on here, does any one know where it is. Cheers!

Can only fins a couple of images. The first one shows just the sign. The building now has a ships mast sticking out the top, which looks more like some chickenwire covered in brown fibreglass. The other photo is from the postcard, showing one of the boxes they performed in.

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Thanks Clarence, although I always remember something being on in that building I don't recall ever watching it. It's a shame that the space is now used as a conference centre. I'm not against a conference centre idea but its in a prime location in the park which could be utilised for an attraction.

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It had many shows after the Music Hall too. Punch and Judy was first, then that moved to Fort Fun in an outside performance area. Then they had a screen showing the Cartoon Network channel, Then it was a Woody's Birthday show then a Mad Professor show with a flying Pterodactyl across the audience, Woody's Pantoland and finally circus performers. 



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Woody's Birthday show was also in the Castle theatre.
The Music show is the only thing I remember seeing in this location... I thought it was great.
It's a really pity things like this and the Haunted castle show were never properly documented.

But to be honest don't remember much about it other than I loved it, your knowledge has brought back some forgotten memories, Id forgotten about the Woody puppet.

Anyway the music they played can be heard here. Turn your speakers up and it will eventually play.
http://www.unofficialpleasurewood.co.uk/historymenu.htm
I know for certain it was played at the start of the show. In my mind as a kid it was PHW theme music.

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That's right, they still had a display of the props in the castle for a few years afterwards. Yes that's the music they played. Great tune shame about the bad singing. Maybe they could get it remade for next year. It would be great to hear that coming into the park again. It was also used at the being of the show at the Castle and then their theme Walking on Sunshine.

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Did the park ever get its wedding license ?? the palladium change around was needed in terms if a refurb but from what I gather its not used much at all.... them tents out the back dont look pretty

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Someone on FBI commented that they had a lovely wedding there so possibly? I think having an event centre is a nice idea but location wise it could be used for something more.

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Then they can go consummate the marriage in hobs pit, or any other wild location the park has to offer.


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I can't believe I just read that Bubbles.

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Woody role playing costumes are also available.

But hey, you'll be surprised what goes on under your nose.


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Did you all catch this was uploaded the few days ago???



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That is scary stuff.....

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Yeah it's quite crude but a little different.
I think PWH should do something like again, maybe keeping things local and working with the Norwich Puppet theatre, and having a really cool new show. Put the Castle Theatre to good use again, and doing a unique show and using local talent.


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Can anyone remember Captain Andy's Revue animatronic show that was in the Castle in 2001-2002 I think. It was bought from Thorpe Park by Pleasurewood and then sold to Watermouth Castle. Its still there and here is a clip - fast forward to 20.36. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90G-8y9168g 

 

 



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I don't recall that but that was during the time that I didn't visit the park. Thanks for finding that Watermouth Castle clip; I went there as a kid many years ago and that brought back some good memories.

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Next season, maybe PWH could audition Local Talent for a little variety show?

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yes remember captain andys

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woah that signing dog thing is horrid.. lol thankfully I never saw that at the park.

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can anyone make out the lyrics to these songs?
I'm building a new Skeleton puppet and would love to recreate that sequence.

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Goes something like this:

When it gets to hot for comfort And you can't get ice cream cones T'ain't no sin to take off your skin And dance around in your bones

When the lazy syncopation Of the music softly moans T'ain't no sin to take off your skin And dance around in your bones

The polar bears aren't green up in Greenland They've got the right idea They think it's great to refrigerate While we all cremate down here

Take a look at the ghosts when they're dancin' Notice the way they're dressed They've got no nose they've got no clothes And nobody knows the rest

When you're callin' up your sweetie In those hothouse telephones T'ain't no sin to take off your skin And dance around in your bones



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We're getting a few steps closer to working it all out.
It's not ice cream cones, i had down 'and you can't get cold too soon' (or stone?)
I think it's Graveyard softly moans.

The other verse i haven't been able to work out properly is
'Just be like that and melt things, and old graveyard to stone '

i'm sure it's not 'Sweetie' it sounds like Bellsky, or beleskey, belsie, im sure it starts with a B.
I thought it was crawling but callin makes more sense lol

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