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The following are highlights of pantomimes and other performances of the Chameleon Theatre.

2019 Pantomime - Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
Welcome to our Panto for 2019. This is a Panto with a difference and presented me with the added problem of having to find 40 thieves to run across the stage!! Ali Baba is a bloodthirsty story but our performances have a much gentler flavour with comedy duos, Australian dames, twirling Spirits and a dancing camel. The music is a combination of modern and classic and audience participation is a must, in fact the Ex-King of Ruritania will be sitting amongst you all and will make himself known with a little gentle persuasion. I would like to welcome Chloe and Taylor who will be treading the boards for us for the first time and hope that this is the start of many more roles on our stage. We as a Company are always on the lookout for new members. With four productions a year as well as drama festival plays and special one - off performances we are always busy. If you fancy becoming part of a great drama group please see our website for more information. Please sit back and enjoy our Pantomime offering of Ali Baba and don’t forget to boo and cheer! Marilyn Dunbar, Director (and Chameleon Theatre Chairman)

2018 Pantomime - Jack and the Beanstalk
I was not going to direct panto again this year, but in a crazy moment agreed to do so - I am now very glad I did! Having spent hours trawling through numerous scripts, I was thrilled to find this version by TLC Creative. I loved the story, the characters and the gags. The script brings to life all the classic panto characters. Prepare to cringe at Dame Trott’s “jokes”, boo and hiss at Poison Ivy, and wonder how our hero Jack manages to get through the day – I think you’ll agree he’s not the sharpest pencil in the case!!Auditions for this production were popular, and I had many people to choose from for each role. I was delighted to put together this great cast, including many new faces to the Chameleon stage. I must also thank all of those off stage, who have worked tirelessly to help make this show a success. I think it is often underestimated just how many hours these vital behind the scenes people put in – programming all the lights and sounds, making all the costumes, building all the sets, finding / making all the props, organising front of house etc. etc.  Gillian Wilkins, Director

2017 Pantomime - Robin Hood.
Full of music and laughter, this exciting tale of heroes, derring-do and green tights, ‘Robin Hood’, tells the story of our dashing hero Robin and his lovely lady Marian and how they thwart the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, assisted by a motley crew of Merry Men and the sheriff’s own sister, Dame Euphonia. If you pay close attention you may spot the homages paid to ‘The Princess Bride’, Mel Brooks’ ‘Men in Tights’ and even, very briefly, the late, great Alan Rickman! I’m a fan of all three so had great fun slipping these into the script. In fact the song ‘Men in Tights’ was what got me onto the theme of Robin Hood for panto; I’ve wanted to use that song in a panto for years. My thanks go to the hardworking cast (nearly 30 of them!) for their talent and enthusiasm; but special thanks go to the dedicated team who are the foundations of a good production; sound, lighting, music, wardrobe, backstage et cetera! Liz Strevens, Director

2016 Pantomime - Aladdin.
As this classic story is brought to life on our small stage, you will be entertained by all your favourite characters. Be prepared to boo and hiss at the evil Abanazar; laugh(and cringe!) at the terrible jokes of Widow Twankey and Wishee Washee. See love reunited as the Spirit of the Ring and the Genie of Lamp meet once again, but will Aladdin grant them their wish of being together forever! I would like to welcome several new faces to the Chameleon’s stage, many of whom are in key roles. I'm sure you will agree that they, along with the rest of my talented cast, have done themselves proud. l would also like to give a massive thanks to the backstage crew front of house staff and all of the technical team who have worked tirelessly to help make this production possible. Gillian Wilkins - Director.

Chameleon's 50th.
The Chameleon Theatre Company was formed in 1965. This short video highlights the key stages during the past 50 years and photographs of the cast during that time.

2015 Pantomime - The Wizard Of Oz (The Pantomime).
When a nasty neighbour tries to have her dog put to sleep, Dorothy takes her dog Toto to run away. A cyclone appears and carries her to the magical land of Oz. Wishing to return, she begins to travel to the Emerald City where a great wizard lives. On her way she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. They all hope the Wizard of Oz will help them, before the Wicked Witch of the West catches up with them.

2014 Pantomime - Peter Pan (The Panto!).
Wendy and her brothers, John and Michael are “flown” from their nursery in London to the magical world of Neverland with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell (definitely a fairy with attitude!). Here they meet the “beautiful” Tiger Lily – the leader of the Indigenous Neverlandian Nation and her Redskins, the Lost Boys, pirates, mermaids and of course the evil Captain Hook (boo hiss) and his dopey pirate sidekicks Smee and Starkey. Hook wants to get his revenge on Peter Pan for feeding his hand to the crocodile. Will the boy who never grows up succumb to his evil plans? Will Tinkerbell’s jealousy of “the Wendy” help Hook to succeed?

2013 Pantomime - Little Bo Peep.
Little Bo-Peep looks after Fanny Fairacre's flock of sheep on Fairacre Farm. The malevolent Lady Sneering is jealous of her romance with Fanny's son Freddie, so she instructs evil magician Mefisto — from Cindy Sparkle's travelling show — to make the pretty shepherdess disappear! Meanwhile Fanny's gormless farmhand Wally has fallen for glamorous Cindy. Soon they all find themselves banished to the nightmarish "Place of the Disappeared" - with no apparent hope of return.

Cindy Sparkle's travelling show is part of the Little Bo Peep pantomime. This video shows the complete programme of events: Cindy Sparkle and the Dancing Dainties; The stars of the Titanic and the mighty Mafisto. Enjoy the marvellous dancing, comedy routine and the magic of the show.

2012 Play - We Found Love and An Exquisite Set of Porcelain Figurines Aboard the SS Farndale Avenue.
Presenting a romance, set aboard a cruise ship in the swinging 3O's, where the ladies prove that the age of elegance, glamour and enchantment is not dead ... well, not quite anyway. Constance, sailing to Naples to marry Beauregard meets up with childhood sweetheart, Noel. As Beauregard is also secretly on board, the ensuing love triangle develops on the voyage, inevitable shipwreck, sojourn on a desert island and eventual rescue.

2012 Pantomime - Hansel and Gretel.
Dame DoGood is taking care of Hansel and Gretel in the lovely village of Pumpernickel, on the edge of a dark forest. The Forest Fairy protects the villagers from all perils, including the horrid witch Atrocia. She has her work cut out when Atrocia starts turning all the children to gingerbread men! The Dame, her beau Dickie, Karl and Lucy go to the rescue, hindered by Sir Rupert, the village squire, and his henchmen.

2011 Pantomime - Cinderella.
Cinderella is a virtual servant in her own house - poorly treated by her wicked Stepmother and her two Stepsisters, Mattie and Hattie. The nasty Duke of Verucca  has installed his nephew as a fake Prince Charming. The Prince calls for a Grand Ball and everyone is invited - but Cinderella only has rag clothes to wear.  At this point, enter the Fairy Godmother, the pumpkin carriage, the Royal Ball, the stroke of midnight, the glass slipper, and the rest, as they say, is fairy tale history.

2010 Pantomime - Robinson Crusoe.
This exciting, adventure-packed pantomime traces Robinson Crusoe's voyage to Tobago. Blackpatch, Jack Boot and his band of bloodthirsty Pirates as they attempt to steal the treasure; with help from Demon Oylslick, whom is later repelled by Fairy Detergent. On the Island, Crusoe encounters Man Friday and some hungry Islanders, led by their Queen and, later, a Grunting Gorilla.  Also comedy moments with Mrs Crusoe, Bill and Ben.

2009 Pantomime - Goldrush Mountain. 
Specially written for Chameleons by Terry James, Andrew Boyd and Alec Ransom, Goldrush Mountain is set in the Old Wild West. Ambrosia Van Cartier has arrived in Cactusville in search of her long lost brother, who set off many years before in search of the legendary Gold Nugget of Goldrush Mountain. Two Gun Pete and his sidekicks, the Three Nachos, are also on the trail, but Sheriff Burke and Augusta and Winifred, staunch members of the Temperance League are out to stop him and stamp sin out of Cactusville.