Am-dram group follows yellow brick road for Naomi House & Jacksplace

Wizard of Oz cast

“Oh no he didn’t! Oh yes he did!”

Fun loving, am-dram group, The Crawley Players, recently put on a Christmas performance of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and donated all ticket proceeds to Naomi House & Jacksplace!

The group raised a fantastic £3,000 through five sold out performances of the fun-filled musical pantomime, hosted at Crawley Village Hall from 2nd – 4th December 2022.

Wizard of Oz live performance
Wizard of Oz live theatre performance

The Crawley Players not only donated the proceeds of their brilliant performance to our hospices, but also decided to hold a raffle during every performance to raise as much as they could for our charity. The group sourced over 80 prizes for the raffle, including local hotel and restaurant vouchers, hampers etc. that were raffled off across the three days.

Tash Haji, Senior Community Fundraiser at Naomi House & Jacksplace, said:

It has been a privilege and pleasure to work with the Crawley Players. The passion and hard work they have put into each and every performance, as well as raising as much money as they could for Naomi House & Jacksplace, has been inspiring. And what a fun way to fundraise for our charity. Thank you so much to the group and to everyone who attended the shows and bought a raffle ticket – you have made such a difference to the children, young adults and families in our care.

— Tash Haji, Community Fundraiser
Wizard of Oz cast acting
Wizard of Oz fairy

Jeremy Bennett, Chairman of the Crawley Village Players, said:

I am overjoyed by the success of the Players’ Christmas pantomime of The Wizard of Oz. There were four performances in early December in front of packed audiences at Crawley Village Hall. The pantomime received rave reviews, including ‘better than the West End’ being a particularly memorable comment, perhaps fuelled by an after-show glass of wine or two! But what we’re most proud of is the fact that we were able to raise £3,000 for Naomi House & Jacksplace. It is a wonderful local charity that provides amazing support for children and family members in the most difficult of circumstances and we’re so pleased that we were able to make this donation.

— Jeremy Bennett

The Crawley Players are an amateur dramatics group based in Crawley, a beautiful village just outside of Winchester and down the road from our hospices. The group started planning and rehearsing their ‘Wizard of Oz’ show a year before the performance, which was originally scheduled to be performed in February, but had to be postponed due to Covid. And so they brought back the spectacle for the festive period instead.

Little boy with sensory light Three girls sat round table in Jacksplace smiling Mother and son laughing Pete smiling with carer

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