Crosthwaite Pantomime - January 2020

January saw yet another pantomime being staged at the Argles Memorial Hall. “Toad in the Hole” was loosely based on the characters from The Wind in the Willows and allowed the usual bunch of would-be-performers to demonstrate their acting skills, or lack of them. If you were one of the 240 people who saw the panto, then you will know what happened. If you did not get a ticket in time then, what you should know is that you missed a treat. The audience on both nights were excellent, joining in wholeheartedly – shouting , singing, applauding and sympathising , which makes it so much easier for the performers, who are raw amateurs. They all work very hard to achieve the level of incompetence that their audiences have come to expect and enjoy.

The evening saw Toad embark on a series of adventures involving a motor cycle, a pogo stick, a space hopper, a tractor, a unicycle and a car. Despite the efforts of his friends, Badger, Ratty, Otter, Don Key, Miss Owl and Mole, to restrain him and protect him, he finally got caught by the policeman and was sentenced to 100 years in prison by the Judge assisted by the Clerk of Court. In the meantime the Stoats and Weasels took over his fine house, Toad Hall. The Washerwoman and the Good Fairy managed to devise a plan to enable him to escape from prison and in the final battle the Stoats and Weasels were driven from Toad Hall and all was well that ended well.

Apart from the actors, there are a surprising number of backstage people, without whom the performance would not be possible. Thank you to everyone.

This was the 11th year out of the last 12 years when a Panto has taken place. We already have some great ideas for 2021. If you would like to be involved next year, please contact Roger Smith on 68671.


ToadSusannah Bleakley
RattyRoger Smith
MoleSteve Rowlinson
BadgerHelen Todd
OtterKate Done
Miss OwlJudy Goodland
PolicemanCallum Smith
Barmaid and Good FairyFiona Zobole
Washer WomanMary Rowlinson
Don Quay – the HorseJosh Barton
JudgeNicola Smith
Judges ClerkLeala Gornall
Head WeaselLily Cross
Fred WeaselJed Pickering
Sidney StoatSamuel Taylor
Wendy WeaselAlice Metcalfe
Sally StoatCharlotte Hudson
Suzy StoatHannah Jefferson
William WeazelSeth Pickering
Production Team
Sound, lighting, & technicalJim Bownass, Manuel Zobole, Henk Muller
Props QuartermasterPam Bownass
Props – bench made and donated by Mark Eden
PianistJean Sherratt
Stage TeamChris Smith, Colin Edwards
PromptJayne Cooper
SceneryPaula Cross
CostumesMarilyn Shuttleworth, Pam Bownass
ChoreographyMarilyn Shuttleworth
Make-upLaura Parker
Ticket SalesAnn Smith, Marilyn & The Exchange
ProducerRoger Smith and Marilyn Shuttleworth
DirectorTom Smith


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