In Loving Memory of Elaine Johnson ...
In the very first pantomime in December 2013 she played Daphne the Witch in Jack & The Upside-Down Stalk,
continuing her run of baddies in December 2014, she was cast as the rotten
King Rat - boss of a trio of
evil rodents in Dick & His Magic
Cat; playing completely against type, she terrified the audience with
her wicked plotting.
Then in December 2015 in Aladdin & His Talking Monkey, Elaine requested a much smaller role, and expertly played the high-kicking rear of a dancing Camel.
In December 2016 in Cinderella Through the Magic Mirror, even in the smallest cameo role, her natural comedy shone through, as she delighted audiences singing and dancing as the White Rabbit.
The first thing you noticed about Elaine was that she was naturally funny and very witty; in rehearsals she never thought she could do it, but on stage her joy and love of fun shone through, and she would bring the house down!
Backstage, Elaine was a delight, everybody loved her, and we have great memories - she was always snapping away at candid moments with her camera and would always turn up the next day armed with the printed photos (a revelation to the younger members of the cast) which she would distribute around the dressing room. We have published a memory page for Elaine on the Laleham Players website with lots of pictures of Elaine performing in panto.
When she couldn’t be in the last two pantomimes, she left a big hole in the Laleham Players, her effervescent personality and dry sense of humour will continue to be greatly missed by the whole company.
To see some pictures of Elaine in plato, please visit our Facebook page ... https://www.facebook.com/LalehamPlayers
Jo Bartlett - April 2019