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Abbotts Ann Players

Abbotts Ann Players perform twice or three times a years, usually in the War Memorial Hall. From the start of a production we meet on a Tuesday evening to rehearse until we’re word perfect – well nearly!

Our latest Christmas 2023 was Mother Goose

Played to a Full House for all Performances

The Abbotts Ann Players’ pantomime Mother Goose, directed by Tim Abram and produced by Paula Grant, was well received and played to a full house for all performances.

Candy the goose was the star of the show. Her costume was created by Mel Poole and she brought it to life acting out the role.
Mother Goose played by Bill Hawkins was transformed from an ugly old woman into a dazzling beauty in a very slick move through an enchanted arch.
The wicked fairy Vanity (Jenny Read) and the greedy Squire (Nick Bone) tried their best to wrestle Candy from Mother Goose in order to own her golden eggs and become richer than ever. Luckily the good fairy Virtue (Lisa Hillier), Jill Goose (Alana Hollister), Billy Goose (Justin Matthews) and Jack Snyde (Shelley Rose) managed to outwit them and kept Candy safe.

There were lots of songs which the whole cast joined in, with plenty of clapping by the audience. The singing was accompanied by the expert piano playing of Marcus Brown.

There was delightful dancing by the fairies (Grace Mason, Tilly Ruse and Zara Marzano) and the two simpletons Bodgit and Scratchit (Alex Crowhurst-Jones and Jane McBurney) brought many moments of silliness as befitting a pantomime. The villagers (Angie and Byron Hardy) also played their parts.

The production was made possible by the support of many backstage and front of house helpers, too numerous to mention.
New actors and backstage helpers are always welcome. We will begin rehearsals for our summer production on Tuesday March 5th at 7.30pm in The War Memorial Hall. If you are interested in taking part or helping backstage just come along, we will be pleased to see you. 

Trish Wallis