An adult panto by members of the FACE team and other friends brought a year of fundraising to the perfect fun end with laughs all round.
“Possibly the Worst Panto Ever” as it was titled was staged by the Gentlemen’s Ale Sampling Society (GASS), a group of friends that includes a number of the FACE crowd among its ranks.
To a packed audience at the Roffen Club, Rochester, on January 7, 2014, the cast of 20 joked, rhymed and sang their way through three loosely linked mini-pantos based on Cinderella, Aladdin and Snow White. A total of more than £1500 was achieved in the process, which included an extra £130 plus that cast members contributed for panto writer Nick Jenkins to suffer a custard pie attack at the dress rehearsal.
“The whole thing was hysterical. It was as much fun because of the mistakes and bad acting as anything else. Everyone had a real laugh whether in the audience or the cast,” said Del de Lorme, the Director, whose wife Mel was the only lady cast member starring as both Cinderella and Snow White.
“We had everything from the classic panto gags to a Full Monty strip.”
The panto was the last fundraising effort by the main FACE members and brought the total raised in just over a year to more than £42,500.
“That means we have easily beaten our original school build costs of £30,000 and the rest of the money means we can really finish off the project with extra works and facilities, such as equipment and teacher training,” said Nick Jenkins, one of the FACE team. “It is has been an amazing effort by everyone involved and there could not have been a better way to round it off. We always set out to have a lot of fun while we worked to get the money for the Ekhaya Lothando school and this was an ideal finale for the team.”