The Wight Strollers began life as Nesta Meech’s School of Dance, changing its name in 1981 following Nesta’s retirement. The company has since gone from strength to strength over the years with their pantomimes, summer variety shows, musicals and carnival routines.
The Wight Strollers’ annual pantomime is performed at Medina Theatre in February Half Term, and they aim to give as much money as possible to local charities each year.
Recent pantomimes include Jack and the Beanstalk (2017), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (2016) and Aladdin (2015), and the company is well-known for its social media publicity campaigns and sellout houses.
Alongside their pantomimes, the Strollers also participate in the Island’s summer carnivals, and have done since 2002, providing plenty of laughs with their humorous entries, including: Flockin’ Good Fun (2004), Flying Fokkers (2008), Bad Habits (2010), Prancing on Ice (2011), Mexican Madness (2013), Dirty Dancing (2016) and Girls Beehiving Badly (2017).
In recent years, they have also taken to performing musicals. Their first, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, was met with glowing feedback. Off the back of this success, the company have decided to produce another musical: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in July 2018 at Medina Theatre.
The Wight Strollers make their own costumes, build their own sets, arrange their own music and have even taken to writing their own pantomime scripts to keep ticket prices down; so sit back, forget your troubles, and enjoy professional quality at amateur prices.
Since 1981, over £200,000 has been donated by The Wight Strollers to hundreds of wonderful charities and good causes on the Isle of Wight…and counting!