Ashdon Players

Ashdon Players 2011 Pantomime

A Christmas Carol

This pantomime was first performed by Ashdon Players in 1993 using an original script by John Brooker. The basic script was retained but the parts were changed to suit the existing company and the jokes were updated. The finished production resulted in a witty and colourful spectacle for the audience. On the way to the performances, the cast enjoyed some very funny rehearsals besides the usual angst. We had some new members of cast this year who brought down the average age of the performers and not only did they fit in well but gave very accomplished performances.

Instead of a opening with a big production number most members of the cast made a subdued but poignant entrance singing "Silent Night" with lanterns and low lighting. This theme was carried through to sunrise with Dave Tappin making a special appearance to sing "Sing a Song of London". Again this year we were aided by two members of Saffron Walden Music Hall Society who raised the vocal quality and managed to add some movement to some of the songs. The scenery was wonderful as usual, particularly the street scene which evoked the Dickensian era. We set a daunting task for our oily rags of building an office for Scrooge.

Thanks to all who took part in any way. As usual it was a wonderful team effort. The reaction from the audience in all of the three sell-out performances sounded as enthusiastic as ever.

If you are interested in being involved in this year's pantomime please contact us before September.

If anyone would like to purchase a dvd of this pantomime or certain others they are available at £5 each. Please contact John Brooker.

The cast as photographed by the Walden Local
The cast photographed for the Walden Local newspaper
Images of the cast at rehearsals
Carol, Gillian and Joyce
Is it Pete or Jacob Marley?
Dave Tappin


Cast of A Christmas Carol
(in order of appearance
Bob Cratchit Malcolm Lewis
Nancy, Scrooge's Niece Carol Goodchild
Tiny Tim Cratchit Gillian Wotherspoon
Mary Cratchit Joyce Osgood
Ebeneezer Scrooge John Brooker
Rodney (Tiny Rod) James Hill
Dignitary 1 Clive Smith
Dignitary 2 Amy McGregor
Dame Bannister Caroline Sutherland
Tricky Dickie Greg Wray
Jacob Marley Peter Smith
Florence Liz Dixon
Elfie Amy McGregor
Scavenger 1 Amy McGregor
Scavenger 2 Natasha Stock
Butcher's Boy Amy McGregor
Chorus Cheryl Waters, Karen Collins, Dave Tappin and Members of the Cast
Children from Hang Out Youth Club and Ashdon Primary School Sophie Barber, Charlotte Vincent, Ryan Herd, Holly Vincent, Aaliyah Kinnley, Emily-Jade Moss

Production and Crew of A Christmas Carol
Director John Brooker
Pianist Pat Rust
Script Writer John Brooker
Stage Crew Geoff Corke, Wimbish
Scenery Carol Goodchild and friends
Costumes Victoria Moriarty and Members of the Cast
Choreography Cheryl Waters
Props Gillian Wotherspoon
Make up Caroline Sutherland
Sound Effects Kevin Nicholas
Lighting Morgan Brewer (Xpressions Sound & Lighting, Tel. 07545 581127)
Prompt Kevin Nicholas
Video Recording Terry Collins and others
Front of House David and Mary Green
Refreshments Janet & Mike Elsey, Victoria Moriarty, Terry Collins
Producer and Programmes Gillian Wotherspoon
Programme Sales Ashdon Post Office & Gillian Wotherspoon

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Last updated 17/12/2011.