Framfield Memorial Hall 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 completely sold out.
The company also staged a Wednesday night performance in front of a privately-invited audience comprising special needs adults and disability groups. This brought standing ovations and saw audience members singing and dancing in the aisles.
The am-dram group, whose members have performed together since 1999, say they all 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 us to hear their laughter, their cheers and their ‘boos’ and ‘hisses’ for the baddie. That’s what makes a pantomime memorable for everybody.”
Organisers point out that company and individual sponsorship, plus kind donations of raffle prizes, have helped to reduce the cost of putting on the production. This 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 fans of the Stagers have come to expect. Some of the cast and audience are already saying it was the best yet. They are looking forward to next year.
By keeping their overheads and costs down, the Stagers are able to donate even more of the proceeds of their performances to their nominated charities. This year these are national charity Macmillan Cancer Support and Framfield Primary School.
They say the final total is still to be calculated, once production costs have been finalised.
For more information see their website: www.framfieldstagers.homestead.com or Facebook: www.facebook.com/framfieldstagers