Toad of Toad Hall, 15 & 16 December 2017
Christmas 2017 brought the triumphant return of The Little Berkhamsted Players as they once again took to the stage, this time with ‘Toad of Toad Hall’. Three performances, including a Saturday matinee, saw the whole production team excel, as they created a marvellous interpretation of A.A. Milne’s adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 classic novel ‘The Wind in the Willows’.
This was the tale of Mr.Toad, a wealthy squire and loveable rogue, with a penchant for tweed suits and motoring mayhem! The Village Hall was transformed - first into Toad’s country estate, then the Courtroom with its scenes of high drama, leading to Toad’s imprisonment and his eventual escape as a washer woman. Every twist and turn of the plot unfolded with great style and accomplishment, with plenty of traditional Panto ‘boos and hisses’ and some truly inspired ad-libbing, ensuring there was endless fun from start to finish.
The individual performances were all a joy. The wonderful cast, brilliantly led by the irrepressible Wayne Morris as Toad, deserves full credit:
Marigold - Sarah Barrett; Mole - Gabriela Matosevic; Rat - Andrew Hunt; Mr Badger - Joanna Jeffs; Toad - Wayne Morris; Chief Weasel - Maurice Squirrell / Joseph Alfieri; Usher - Sarah Barrett; Policeman - Paul Curson; Judge - Anthony Barrett; Phoebe - Jay Chitty; Washer woman - Kevin Edwards; Mama Rabbit - Maddie Baker; Lucy Rabbit - Louise Baker; Squirrel - Isabella Koutsou; Barge woman - Kevin Edwards
Stunning costumes, superb scenery and lighting, combined to create an occasion of sheer delight.
A special thank you to Simon, Paul, Marie, Ollie, Derek and Diane, and all those who generously donated to the production costs. Congratulations to everyone involved in this most enjoyable and worthy event. Proceeds of £425 from ticket sales and the raffle are in aid of MIND in Hertford. Lastly, thanks in particular to the Director, Sandie Ash, whose expert artistic skills and boundless energy once again provided a spectacular festive feast of fun and laughter.
Photographs and review by Jerry O’Reilly.