Framfield Memorial Hall, near Uckfield, was transformed into a theatre during February half-term week for the Framfield Stagers’ latest pantomime production, Aladdin.
Set mainly in Old Peking, with a short detour to evil Abanazar’s Egyptian lair, all three public shows were sold out and the Wednesday night performance in front of a privately-invited audience of special needs adults and disability groups brought standing ovations and audience members dancing in the aisles, writes Karen Muxworthy.
The am-dram group, who have performed together since 1999, had tremendous fun putting on the show.
Performer and director, Chris Judge, said “As always, we thoroughly enjoyed ‘show week’, but the icing on the cake for us is to see and hear the audience having a great time, and it means so much to hear their laughter, their cheers and their ‘boos’ and ‘hisses’ for the baddie!”
Company and individual sponsorship, plus donations of raffle prizes helped to reduce the cost of putting on the production, which featured professional lighting and sound, a live band, singing, dancing and no end of comedy, both from the delivery of the hilarious script and from great slapstick timing that fans of the Stagers have come to expect. Some are saying it was the best yet.
Keeping costs down mean the Stagers can donate even more of the proceeds to their nominated charities, which, this year, are Macmillan Cancer Support and Framfield Primary School. The final total is still to be calculated, once production costs have been finalised.
Thanks to Emily Muxworthy who took the photographs.