TOADS Summer 2022 Update

Your TOADS committee hope that you’re having a great summer! It was great to see several TOADY friends at the Old Alresford Jubilee Party and the Village Fair.

We wanted to update you on a couple of items as follows.

TOADS Panto 2022 – Mother Goose

Our pantomime this year us Mother Goose (oh yes, it is)! It’s an old favourite but with TOADS’ particular stamp on it. It will run each evening from Tuesday 6th December to Saturday 10th December inclusive, with a matinee on Saturday.

The script has been written by Helen Gard, who is also producer, and will be directed by Helen and Jo Stokes (who is also musical director).

There is plenty for everyone to do. The script has quite a large cast with nine principals among 25 speaking parts in total, several of which can double up if necessary. We have parts for adults, children and teens. If you only want to be chorus there are several songs. Chorus members will be in three scenes and the finale.

If you don’t want to tread the boards, there are still many more ways to be involved. We will be looking to recruit help of all sorts … make-up, costumes, scenery, props, chaperones and more.

Auditions will be held on September 4th at 7pm in The Christy Hall, Old Alresford. Rehearsals will then be held every Thursday at 7.30pm and Sundays at 7.00 pm. Dress and Technical rehearsal dates are already booked and we will give you those if you wish to take part.

If you would like to be involved, whether as an actor or behind the scenes, please  contact Helen at or Jo at and let them know what you would like to do. Please remember that everyone in the production needs to be a paid up member of TOADS, see below for more details.

Christy Hall 100 Club

The Christy Hall is our regular venue for TOADS productions. To help maintain and support our local village hall as a centre for our community, and have a chance of winning a cash prize, the Hall Committee invites you to join the Christy Hall 100 Club!

For an annual subscription of £25, you will be entered into their monthly draws, with a chance of winning a cash prize each time. The new year for the 100 Club starts on August 1st.

For more details see their leaflet. To sign up please contact Stephanie Durrant,

TOADS Website

If you’ve visited our website at recently, you’ll have noticed it looks a little different. I’m delighted that Ewan Gardner has taken over responsibility for it and is working to create a site that reflects the fun and creativity of TOADS. It’s still a work in progress but I know that Ewan will do a much better job than I have in recent times to keep it fresh and interesting.

TOADS Subscriptions

TOADS’ subs are £6 for individual members and £12 for all family members at one address. Anyone who performs or works backstage at our productions is required to be a paid up member, as a condition of our insurance.

We prefer payments by bank transfer, as paying in cash is getting more difficult each year! Our account is with NatWest, sort code 55-81-26 and account number 94385076 in the name of TOADS. To help us match payments to you, please PUT YOUR SURNAME in the reference field, and please email me to confirm when you have made a payment.

We look forward to seeing you at the panto auditions, if not before!


Mark Durrant
Chair, TOADS

Posted in Updates.