Ashdon Players 2011 Pantomime
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.
|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|
|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|
|Script Writer||John Brooker|
|Stage Crew||Geoff Corke, Wimbish|
|Scenery||Carol Goodchild and friends|
|Costumes||Victoria Moriarty and Members of the Cast|
|Make up||Caroline Sutherland|
|Sound Effects||Kevin Nicholas|
|Lighting||Morgan Brewer (Xpressions Sound & Lighting, Tel. 07545 581127)|
|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|