City of Light Theatre’s Open-Air Pantomime raised nearly £700 for local blood bikes charity Devon Freewheelers. Jack and the Beanstalk which was staged in collaboration with Pecorama at their site in Beer and Sidmouth’s Connaught Gardens in April. All profits from the production were donated along with proceeds from the donation buckets at performances.
Jack and the Beanstalk featured local actors and crew who volunteered their time to raise money for the Devon Freewheelers. They worked closely with the team at Pecorama and East Devon District Council to make the project happen and the support from sponsors, technical crew and audiences made it all the better. Over 1000 people saw the pantomime and gave generously to support the project.
“We rehearsed every weekend from January to April to prepare for the show. The cast and crew put in so much hard work, not helped by the several snow days we had! We rehearsed in a beautiful old barn owned by a friend of mine in Bridport so it was tricky to get to on those days. Still, everyone rose to the challenge and it was such good fun. I’m so proud that we raised that amount of money for such a vital charity. Devon Freewheelers delivers services across Devon with no other provision given to them by government. Without them, this service wouldn’t exist.” Alex Jackson, Artistic Director of City of Light Theatre.
“Devon Freewheelers EVS would like to thank everyone from the City of Light Theatre for raising such a fantastic amount for the charity. Our volunteers thoroughly enjoyed the performances that they attended. The pantomime was a fabulous, fun filled, family show that brought laughter and smiles to the faces of the audience. The money raised will enable the charity’s Blood Bikes and volunteers to continue Riding to Save Lives! Thank you to you all.” Caroline Retter, Fundraising Manager at Devon Freewheelers.
“City of Light Theatre’s production of ‘Jack & the Beanstalk’ was the first ever pantomime to take place on stage at Pecorama, and we were really delighted with their premiere. You know there’s a real appetite from your visitors for the shows when not only the afternoon but also the lunchtime performances are so well supported. We’ve had excellent feedback on social media and would be more than happy to repeat the experience should the opportunity arise.” Mark Ridgers, Tourism Site Manager at Pecorama.