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 availabe 01 Nov - 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
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.”
Leah joined the panto when she was 13 years old and one of her first performances was as Bossy – a dwarf in Snow White. She has been in the chorus for Miss Muffet, the Ice queen and played Saucy Gertrude in Little Red Riding Hood trying to win the attention of the stiff manservant, Sternum, played by Nicole de Barra. As well as being the Town Crier in Cinderella, Leah joined Alex as one of the fairies in Sleeping Beauty, playing the (not so) Fairy Graceful. Outside of panto, Leah is a member of the western re-enactment Spearfish Creek Group.
Rapunzel will be Alex’s 10th panto performance as she joined the Ashdown Pantomimers when she was 9 years old when she played a cat in Humpty Dumpty! She has played the lead role in Miss Muffet which saw her being scared by a spider (a prince under a spell) and shipwrecked to a Caribbean island. Other roles include Rosie, in Babes in the Woods and Baby Spice in Cinderella as well as numerous chorus roles. Last year Alex played Fairy Beautiful, as part of a fairy foursome in Sleeping Beauty, battling with their spells against the wicked fairy and her cat. Last year Alex also persuaded her fiancé James to join the group. A much needed male addition.
Grace has been a part of Ashdown pantomimers since she was 11 years old making Rapunzel her 8th panto. In that time she has been a part of the chorus and has played the prince in two pantos including The Captain in Little Miss Muffet and Prince Orlando in Sleeping Beauty where she played opposite her younger sister who was playing Sleeping Beauty! Panto is a family affair for Grace as , not only is her sister Annie in panto but little brother Jack too. Grace has a great singing voice and has led the chorus in various songs, including Candyman and the Time Warp, in Cinderella, where we had the whole audience singing along.
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.
from 01 Nov
at the door
for all performances
or from 01 Dec at