As director of pantomime by the Rojales Pantomime group “Aladdin” “Dick Whittington” “Cinderella” and our last hilarious “Sleeping Beauty” I would like to thank all members, cast and crew alike for their dedication and hard work because believe me it is hard work most of the year through. They were by no means perfect but audience and cast thoroughly enjoyed it and it showed by the audience reaction on the way out of the Theatre.
Some of the cast had never been on stage before, others had never taken a lead role so I thank them for a job well done, We may not be as professional as some but we make the audience laugh and enjoy it as much we are enjoying it. This shows by the audience reaction. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way. At the end of the day the idea is to raise money for local charities so thanks go to all involved, Watch local papers for presentations to the chosen charities we will be donating to.
Watch out for next years production (could be Puss in Boots!!!)
Tickets for Cinderella Panto on Friday and Saturday are selling fast, nearly all gone, but the good news is that we still have plenty for Thursday night, so why not pop along and have a good old family panto laugh. Its the perfect way to start the new year!
Last week many of our Pantomime cast members attended a charity night at Casa Ventura and what a good night they had.
On the night we held a “name the bear” competition to raise funds for a much needed new sound equipment for the pantomime group. A huge thank you to all who bought tickets.
Mandy Bartlam from Stars In Bars needs a mention in dispatches for organising the event and our competition….. Thank you Mandy!
Drum Roll Please……………The lucky winner was Angie Wollaston.
Mandy (left) presenting very large bear to Angie (right). Bear obviously in the middle!
We took time out from our Cinderella pantomime rehearsals to join Father Christmas on the Santa Express. Lucy and her magic elves at the Christmas Shop organized this event to raise money for the Elche Childrens home. Lucy & her elves work tirelessly each year to ensure that this is a success and this year was no exception. A huge thank you to them all.
It was a fantastic day, raising money for a fantastic cause and as you can see from the photos below that children and even the “big” kids had a great time. And who said it doesn’t snow in this part of Spain. You can find more pictures of the day here.
A huge thank you to David Murdoch, our photographer for the day….he was amazing. If anyone wants any of the images on the site then please use the contact form HERE and we will get them to you as soon as possible.
Father Christmas & The loved up couple (Cinderella & The Prince)
Aren’t they a happy lot? Oh yes they are are!
Rojales Pantomine Chorus – Don’t they look lovely
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
Lucy & Father Christmas
Fixer, Flunky & Friend (Aka Thelma)
Thelma first visited Spain 11 years ago with her late partner when they cruised the French Canals and the Spanish coastline and spent 18 months in Torremdebarra.
Thelma has now lived in Spain for 8 years and this will be her 4th performance with the ‘Rojales Panto Group’ and she has thoroughly enjoyed each unique experience of performing in pantomime.
As a Registered Nurse, Qualified Osteopath, Massage Therapist and Reflexologist with a wide knowlege of other therapies including teaching Reflexology at Evesham College. Thelma decided to use her skills here in Spain and now works from her house in Algorfa, and on Wednesdays at ‘Cut and Co’ in Quesada. she can be contacted by email at email@example.com, or why not visit her webpage www.bliss-algorfa.com
We will be at “The Christmas Shop” in San Luis today at 11am! Come along and enjoy the fun and grab your panto tickets at the same time.
Ho Ho HO!
On Saturday 29th November 2014 the cast of Rojales Pantomimes new production Cinderella will be at “The Christmas Shop” in San Luis. They have some wonderful decorations this year and fabulous Christmas trees too..
If stocking up on Christmas goodies and meeting the cast of Cinderella isn’t enough…….Father Christmas will also be there! Yippeeeee……bring your pressie lists.
The fun starts at 11am. There is ample parking, some lovely bars very close by if you want to stay for some lunch and tickets for the pantomime will also be on sale on the day.
So for all things panto and Christmas come on down and meet us. Put it in your diary…we look forward to seeing you there!
Tina (aka) Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother
Tina & her husband Peter retired early and moved to Spain to live 17 years ago. Before family came along Tina was in a choir which went on to perform Handels Messiah in Guildford Cathedral. She was also a member of an operatic society and performed in most of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. Like most women family life came first so singing and acting had to go on the back burner, but once reaching Spain all that changed.
She took up tap dancing and after a while was asked to join the The Next Generation dance troupe and this is where Tina first met Chris Smith (Rojales Pantomime’s Director). Chris already belonged to the original Torrevieja Show Group and persuaded the dance troupe to join as well, they then changed their names to The Show Group Toppers.
Tina performed in many of the productions over the years, singing, dancing and acting. She even wrote and directed a 20 minute comedy script based on ‘Allo Allo’. Tina left the T.S.G. and joined Chris when she moved to the Rojales Panto Group. She has played various parts in all of the pantos and says she has thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Tina with her wealth of experience is a great asset to the Rojales Pantomime Group and plays a fantastic Fairy Godmother!
Christine Smith with her husband, Mike came to live in Spain more than 27 years ago, during that time they set up a Villa Management business and never looked back. They are now retired and spend much of their time involved with the Rojales Pantomime group.
Christine’s interest was sparked when she went to see a performance by the then Torrevieja Show group. She thought “I’d like to have a go at that” but not being a singer and no experience of theatre was not sure if it was the right thing to do but joined anyway and was quite happy to be on stage in the chorus.
When the Show group’s founder and director left the group, she thought “I’d love a go at that” and so she did and was with them for 12 happy years, directing “Upstairs, Downstairs” a comedy “Anna & the King” also a production of “Oliver”. She then took a break and then along came a chance to join the Rojales Pantomime group,
She played various parts in “Jack and the Beanstalk”, “Red Riding Hood,” “Robinson Crusoe,” “Snow White,” & “The Wizard of Oz.” She then went on to direct “Aladdin” and “Dick Whittington”. Chris has had ample opportunity to discover the “highs” and “lows” of a director’s job but the highs make it all worth while and she’s enjoyed every minute of it. She has been with the group 8 years now and still loving it.