The Charltons

Amateur Dramatic Society


CHADS Murder Mystery Night

Saturday, 2nd September at 7.30

at the Fox & Hounds.

Chads and the Fox and Hounds proudly present for your entertainment a murder mystery dinner evening.
(The chads team are busy rehearsing now)
The evening will start with a complimentary glass of bubbly to enjoy whilst you watch our two act play (under an hour) Followed by a three course dinner (choice of 3 starters, 4 mains and 3 desserts, details to follow from Tom soon)
You will have ...the opportunity to discuss the plot and deduce the murderer over your meal.
Then back to the players to tell you whodunit!
It should be a fun evening!
Tickets will be £30 a head and must be booked in advance through Tom Withey by Tuesday 29th of August.
The price includes the glass of bubbly, 3 course dinner and the play.
The restaurant will be closed to other diners that night to allow Tom and the team to prepare a splendid meal for you!

Dick Whittington Pantomime


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History of CHADS
Contributed by Phill Elliss
In 1982, a group of parents and neighbours were spurred on by Jenny Daley, the talented wife of the, then, Priest-in-Charge to put on a panto she had written, George and the Dragon.  Charlton Mackrell School needed a new temporary classroom building, and with little county funding for small schools at that time the PTA pitched in to raise the money for a second-hand one.  £3000 was needed and the panto was to be the big push!
In 1985, CHADS, the CHarltons Amateur Dramatic Society was formed by this group, and their first ever show under the CHADS banner was an Old Time Music Hall.  In 1987, CHADS built a proper stage in the Reading Room to perform their first pantomime, as prior to that, they had been performing on a makeshift stage built of planks resting on trestles!
Over the years CHADS has mainly drawn its membership from within the Charltons, though occasionally people from as far away as Street and Glastonbury have been involved!
Over the years more that £17,000 has been donated to charities and local good causes from the proceeds of productions.  This includes over £7,000 to the Charlton Mackrell School Brymer Room Appeal.  Others who have benefited include the Youth Club, Martha Care, SSAFA, Hallr Wood, Cancer Research, Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance, Muscular Dystrophy, Disasters Emergency Committee,  Children’s Hospice South West and Children in Need.
In 2012, CHADS took the brave step of performing Shakespeare in the gardens of Charlton House, with a highly acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, followed in 2013 by Twelfth Night, and The Tempest in 2015.  In July 2016, CHADS will be presenting The Comedy of Errors.
Most years, CHADS put on a pantomime and/or other productions at the Reading Room.  Many of the early productions were written by local playwrights, but that has not been the case in recent years.  Some that have been performed include:
Aladdin, Beans Talk, Captain Hook’s Revenge, Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Grand Old Duke of York, Jack & Jill, Little Miss Muffet, Little Red Riding Hood, Mother Goose, Panto at the OK Coral, Rum Rhymes, Rumpelstiltskin, Snoozy Floozy, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Treasure Island
Other productions
An Afternoon at the Seaside (a one act play), A Field of Poppies (WW1 and WW2 Commemoration) Good Old Days (music hall), Maytime Medley, Inspector Drake and the Perfect Crime, Inspector Drake’s Last Case, Palace of Varieties, Panic Stations (farce), Red Spy (a one act play)
If you fancy becoming involved with CHADS, either on the stage or otherwise, please contact Phil or Terrie Elliss: 01458 224225 ,


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