Friday, 21 December 2012

Alice In Wonderland (theatre)

The Hailsham Theatres pantomime choice for this season is the surreal tale of Alice In Wonderland written by Kate Parry. The show is being directed by Judith Brooke in a departure from her usual role of Musical Director, and will be an anniversary celebration as this year marks the 30th annual pantomime by the company. After months of effort from the cast and crew, the audience will also be expected to work hard – so bring your best cheers and boos with you!

Join Alice (Chelsie Sewell) with her mother Gladys (Ian Ward) as they make friends with the White Rabbit (Roy Langstaffe) who will take them to Wonderland. They’ll meet a pack of marching cards, the Cheshire Cat (Hannah Attfield) and we mustn’t forget the “oh so mean” Queen of Hearts (Diane Morris) and her ghastly spoilt brat of a daughter (Joanna Westwood). There’s a handsome prince (Tina-Louise Billing) and two hapless chaps Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Sarah Widdas and Linda Mitchell) to create the usual mayhem and confusion.

Tuesday evening's performance has already sold out and I am told that the matinee tickets are selling fast, so get booking as soon as you can!

Hailsham Pavilion, Tue 22nd to Sat 26th Jan, 19:30.
Sat 26th Jan matinee, 14:30.
Sun 27th Jan morning and matinee, 11:00, 15:00.
Adult tickets £7.50, under 16s and concessions £5.50, available online, by calling 01323 841414, or in person at the Pavilion Box Office.

1 comment:

  1. There was a real buzz for Alice In Wonderland yesterday and it was great to see Hailsham Pavilion practically full. Hailsham Theatres have produced a proper community pantomime with local jokes and a real sense of connection between the cast and the audience. I like the bold scenery which works well in the stage space. Big expanses of colour are eye-catching and the details added for each scene maintain interest. The costumes are also fun, with effective face painting for the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat, and if whoever made the Queen’s gorgeous hat is not a professional milliner, they should consider it!
    There were a couple of hair-y moments, (cruelly appreciated by the audience!), and Alice and Valentino’s duet was too quiet at the beginning - perhaps the very front of the stage is out of microphone range because the sound picked up as they moved back. Overall Alice is good family entertainment and I wish the cast could have seen the young boy skipping off down the street at the end happily singing Zipadeedoodah - the power of Panto!