Panto to be annaouced
Ashdown Pantomimers, well known for it's Forest Row Panto, is a non-profit making amateur dramatic group that welcomes participants of all ages.
The pantomime group was formed in 1988 from an idea by Ann Pavitt and Merle Joslin.
Merle donated £200 to get the group going and it has now been running for 30+ years and has performed Aladdin, Snow White, Goody Two Shoes and Red Riding Hood, to name but a few.
Our last production was The Little Mermaid in 2020 and our new production for 2022 will be
to opening night
to be announced
Thursday January 27th 2022 - 6.45pm
Friday January 28th 2022 - 7.45pm
Saturday January 29th 2022 - 2.30pm & 7.45pm
Sunday January 30th 2022 - 11.30am
Doors (bar) open 45 minutes before the performance
Adults - £10.00
Concessions/Under 12’s - £6.00
Family Ticket - £26.00
2 adults + 2 children under 12 (online only)
(Online tickets available - No booking fee)
PLEASE NOTE: TICKETS ARE NON REFUNDABLE -
In the event that the show is sold out we will endeavour to resell them.
Ticket purchase information will be published in December 2021
A message from the Ashdown Panto crew
Sadly, we have to announce that, as with a lot of other theatre performances, we have had to cancel the panto for 2021. But, don’t worry, we will be back in 2022 with a new production. The dates are shown above so put them in your calendars now so you don’t miss out. We will have had a whole years rest so we will be ready to give you the performance to remember. Hope to see you there. Keep Safe everyone.
Thankyou to all of our audiences that came to see The Little Mermaid in 2020.
We had a great time performing it for you.
Gwen Pritchett was the director for this production and we had two new principals. Karleen Stevens played Prince Stephan. Karleen came to England in 2007 from Australia, where they had no idea what pantomime was (They do now!) This was her first major part as principal boy. Karleen also did most of the choreography. Some additional choreography was created by Noa Ofir. Noa played Marina, another principal debut. This is Noa’s 4th panto with us, as well as being in chorus she has played the spider in Rapunzel.
We saw Shane Hannam reprise his role as the Dame, a hypochondrial Queen and Robin Shergold the baddie, Archduke Boris, along with his daughter Ingrid, played by Laura Jane Carter. Another new member was Tom Brooker, who played the King to Shane’s Queen. A romance that has lasted through lockdown. The evil Octopus, Octavia, who tries to steal Marina’s voice, was beautifully played by Alex Brooker.
The main players were wonderfully supported by Leah Jane Kauffman as the Lord Chamberlain, Jane Oliver as Queen Salacia, Freya Talbot as Oceana, James Walsom as Baldrick and Grace Smith who played Heidi, long suffering maidservant to the Queen, all long serving members of the company.
Of course we can't forget the chorus members, Lin Smith, Chris Clarke, Debbie Millard, Sally Hannam, Emma Kauffman, Samantha Luke-Shergold and Lynne Hale as well as our junior chorus, Izzie, Ruby, Amalia and Iso.
Special thanks go to our ‘behind scenes’ crew. Tim Walden for fabulous lighting, Pete Caruna our musical director for our original opening song as well as backing for all our musical numbers, Julie Reilly and Lynn Dixon for stage management and props, Lin Smith and Debbie Millard for costumes and Julian Johnson for backcloth scenery painting.
Also thanks for our bar staff and front of house volunteers and all the other friends of the panto that go to making a performance possible.
And most of all to YOU, our audience. We will miss you this year but hope to see you all in 2022.
Pete has provided percussion for our pantomimes for many years but has now taken on the role of musical director which has led to a lot more songs being included in the show! Pete has also written us original lyrics to go with well know tunes. He enjoys writing and arranging songs in a variety of genres and runs a small recording studio locally.
Tim started with the Pantomimers 16 years ago in Little Jack Horner. Since then he has done the technical services for Forest Row Dramatic Society, Sackville Players, Forest Players and others. Tim is pursuing a career in the performing arts industry as a Lighting Designer and Operator. Tim is a professional technician and stage crew who has been working on productions at the Hawth in Crawley.
Tony is Gwen's husband and this year they have been married for 60 years. Tony has 'retired' from performing now, having played an assortment of parts over the years. A look at some past programmes shows that he has directed at least three times, played the dame twice, the bad guy once, plus other parts such as fathers, barons, mayors etc. He was also was involved with lighting once, and assistant stage manager at least once. He still helps out behind the scenes and supports the production team.
WHO CAN JOIN?
Anyone aged between 12 and infinity.
DO I HAVE TO BE ABLE TO ACT DANCE OR SING?
It helps if you want main part! But we encourage participants for the chorus where a bit of singing and may be a bit of movement is required. We also welcome people who can help with costumes, backstage, props and set painting. For performance week we also like help with front of house and serving at the bar.
DO YOU CHARGE A MEMBERSHIP FEE?
To cover the cost of insurance subscriptions for the season are £8 for under 18 years and £15 for over 18 years.
WHEN DO YOU AUDITION?
Auditions are usually held in the first weeks of September.
WHEN ARE REHEARSALS?
Rehearsals start in October and are on a Wednesday evening between 8pm and 10 pm then in November this extends to Thursday evenings as well. We try to get the younger members of the company away by 9pm whenever possible. After Christmas when we are leading up to the performance there will also be some ad hoc Saturdays and Sundays.
HOW MANY PERFORMANCES DO YOU DO?
We do 5 performances : Thursday and Friday evenings , a matinee and evening performance on Saturday and then, an early 11.30am performance on Sunday.