Little Common and Bexhill Players panto had to be cancelled after the Christmas storms ripped the roof off Little Common Community centre flooding the stage, destroying scenery and electrics.
Speaking on behalf of Little Common and Bexhill Players (LCB), Elisabeth Doust said months of hard work had gone into planning and rehearsing their production of Puss In Boots. The panto was to be performed at the Shepherd’s Theatre, Little Common Community Centre, January 17-18, but all their efforts went down the drain when they arrived for one of their final rehearsals only to find the stage boarded up and tapped off. Elisabeth said: “We’d been rehearsing since September and only had four rehearsals left to do. The storm damaged the roof which resulted in the stage being flooded and electrics destroyed.
“We regretfully had to cancel the panto and were disappointed but it was a clear cut decision.”
Chairman of Little Common Community Centre Association, Stuart Earl, said the extent of the damage had been quite a shock. “Unfortunately it was the first of the bad storms that took the felt off the tower that’s linked to the Community Centre and used for storing scenery. A resident called to say the roof - felt, guttering etcetera - was in their car park. Water was cascading through the roof onto the stage, props, etcetera, and through the stage to a storage area below.
“Unfortunately all the props for the panto were ruined.”
Mr Earl said it will be a major job to repair the damage and praised those members of the community centre who rallied round to help clean and mop up. A local builder has attempted to make the building watertight whilst waiting for the insurers decision to give the go-ahead for the repairs.
Despite the set-back Mrs Doust said the show will go on. “We’ll still work on Puss in Boots and postpone it until January 2015.”
In the meantime LCB have begun rehearsing their next production, A Clean Sweep.www.lcb.players.co.uk