For the first time since the 1970’s Midhurst will have its own pantomime, something seen as being long overdue. “Oh Yes it is” and judging by the support and enthusiasm received from the general public, the schools and just about everybody else spoken to, it seems that you all agree.
As this was viewed as being such a momentous occasion, two things were initially called for; firstly a director who had lots of experience in pantomimes and secondly a very special pantomime, different, befitting the occasion. Both were eventually found. The director being Lena Hill, who comes with bucket loads of experience and ‘The Snow Queen’. A story, initially written by Hans Christian Andersen which has been adapted by the popular pantomime script writer Alan Frayn.
It is a magical fairy tale based on a ‘journey’ where we meet many colourful characters, including the traditional Dame, the beautiful but evil Queen, the Good Fairy and many others. There are loads of well-known songs and of course, plenty of traditional panto humour!
Our excitement is now mounting as we’ve just successfully completed the first auditions and cast our youngsters, and they are all eager and ready to get started. The children are from 3 of our local Primary schools, Conifers; Midhurst Primary and Stedham Primary as well as Midhurst Rother College.
The hard work and fun, begins for them in September.
The search is now on to find ‘actors’ not just for the lead roles as there are plenty of smaller roles up for grabs as well as a chorus. If you can act or sing and dance then come along initially to the read-through on the 15th July at 7.30pm followed by the auditions on Sunday 26th July from 09.00 to 6.00pm. Specific times will be allocated after the read-through. Venue: The South Downs Centre Memorial Hall, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DH