The Little Mermaid
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 Dick Whittington and our production for 2020 will be
The Little Mermaid written by Ron Hall and directed by Gwen Pritchitt.
to opening night
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)
10% discount for bookings of 10 or more on Thurs from Bullfrog Music or Foresta Travel
Thursday January 30th - 6.45pm
Friday January 31st - 7.45pm
Saturday February 1st - 2.30pm & 7.45pm
Sunday February 2nd - 11.30am
Doors (bar) open 45 minutes before the performance
Tickets also available (from 01 Dec) to call in from
Bullfrog Music, 15 - 17 Ship Street, East Grinstead www.bullfrogmusic.co.uk
Foresta Travel, Forest Row www.forestatravel.com
PLEASE NOTE: TICKETS ARE NON REFUNDABLE -
In the event that the show is sold out we will endeavour to resell them.
A message from the Dick Whittington Cast
“Thank you to everyone who came to see our production of Dick Whittington.
We had some new cast members this year including Laura who played Dick’s cat. Her lovely singing voice was showcased in her rendition of Memories with a shadow dance performed by Noa Ofir. Ruby was our new junior cast member – being young she knew all of the dance routines, expertly choreographed by Karleen Stevens, way before the rest of us.
A special thanks to our back stage people, Debbie and Lin on costumes, Dan and Laura and all our other helpers at the bar/set construction and painting.
Thanks again to our lovely audiences. We couldn’t do it without you.
Please keep coming and cheering (and booing). We all love doing this and hope you enjoy it too.”
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.
or at the door
for all performances