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JANUARY MEETING

THE GREAT GASS PANTO!

A full scale traditional comedy panto at The Roffen for friends and family

In aid of the FACE charity effort, it's the last event, promise!

 

This is what we imagined we would look like

 

 

 

This is what we actually looked like!

 

 

 

 

Now watch the video

THIS IS THE SHORT VERSION - 17 MINUTES

and for phone and tablet (none flash player) users try this link

http://youtu.be/gAPU5hdLJPY

 

 

 

 

THIS IS THE LONG VERSION, NO CUTS, 28 MINUTES

and for phone and tablet (none flash player) users try this link

http://youtu.be/vo8f_PDl6ik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and some stills from the production...

 

    

 

    

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE STORY

The Panto was written by Nick and Steve R, produced by Del DeLorme, Narrated by JB and Steve R.

ACTORS - All of us!

 

 

REHEARSAL

Sunday 5th January - We all met at 10.30am for a DRESS rehearsal,

The bar was open during the rehersal with predictable results, however we managed tow run throughs and a dress rehersal, not bad at 10 on a Sunday morning!

Once we are finished we enjoyed a slap-up lunch with unlimited wine (£20 a head - how does The Roffen do it?).

It was a sell-out.  Every single cast member and partners were there, 40 sat down for lunch.

 

 

and during lunch it was decided to reward Nick for all his hard work...

 

 

 

TICKETS - £10

Everyone entered into the spirit in every way, including selling at least £50 worth of tickets each, so we made over £1,000 for FACE.

 

 

THE PERFORMANCE:  Tuesday 7th January

Everyone got a part - not actually the part some were expecting as Nick, for reasons only he could fathom, had changed a number of the key parts prior to the rehearsal,

but without telling anyone.  So actors turned up having hired the costume and learnt their lines, only to find they had been relegated to bit-parts, and vice-versa.

The simple solution was to revert to the original cast list, problem solved.  Nick choose the harder approach - "It is a play wot I writ, and it stays as I writ it!".

With logic flying out the window we now had Ron promoted from Dwarf number 3 to the lead in Aladdin as Abanazar.  Along with problems associated with

not knowing the lines and not having a costume, Ron can't say "Abanazar.  Odd you might think, after all Abanazar is a simple four syllable word, ab-an-az-ar .

To Ron he was sometimes Abanazazaarer, sometimes Abunazzarrerera, sometimes Abnu-ohfuckit!, but never Abanazar.

No matter, the evening went wonderfully, we had a ball, the audience seemed to enjoy themselves too.

 

Enormous thanks to Del and Mel - without whom we could not have pulled it off.

Same goes to Nick, whose single handed determination to raise yet more money pulled him off, sorry, pulled him through.

And of course, last but not least, our wonderful cast......

GASS PANTO CAST

 STEVE RICHES – HIMSELF   DEL DELORME – HIMSELF
 JOHN BRICE – INTRODUCER
NICK JENKINS - FAIRY ‘FAR CANAL’     

CINDERELLA
MEL -  CINDERS     STEVE BELL - THE PRINCE
PETER FARRER  – UGLY SISTER 1   BRIAN HENSLOW – UGLY SISTER 2    
(BLOODY TYPE CASTING!)

ALADDIN
GARY EASDOWN - ALADDIN    TONY MANKELOW - WIDOW SKANKEY   RON PRICE – ABANAZAR    IAN – GENIE   PHIL RALPH – PRICESS SHIRL
HUGH  – MAGIC DIGGER/WHEELBARROW DRIVER and FULL MONTY STRIPPER  

SNOW WHITE
MEL  -  SNOW WHITE    JOHN BRICE –  WICKED QUEEN   ANDY SMITH - THE MIRROR
CHRIS SPREE – GRUMPY   STUART GILBERT – SLEEPY   DON PILCHER – DOPEY
GRAHAM BRIDGEWATER – BASHFUL    LEN SMITH   – SNEEZY

PHIL COCKERTON – SCENERY SHIFTER

 

 

 

THE AUDIENCE

 

Thanks to you too for tolerating - Possible the Worst Panto Ever!

 

 

and finally to the GASS band

 

 

Sea-sick Steve and his boys!

 

Apologies to Mudsticks, the actual band, who played until midnight for the after-party, I never got a photo!

 

 

NEXT YEAR

 

Either GASS - THE MUSICAL, or GASS - SWAN LAKE BALLET

 

 

 

 

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