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Panto success

Panto success

Posted: 8th December 2017

Our school pantomime had a packed audience laughing and toe-tapping.

Students put on a festive performance of Cinderella to get the Christmas season under way.

The show featured acting, dancing and comedy, as well as a medley of songs from 60 years of pop, including rewritten versions of hits by the Monkees and George Michael.

Philip Watson, lead practitioner of drama, wrote the bespoke script for the show, including slapstick comedy scenes with two “outrageous” ugly sisters and music from the school’s concert and rock bands.

He said: “We’ve always had a huge, inclusive cast of students from across the academy in our Christmas showcases. The challenge this year was to create a single pantomime with songs, roles, dances and scenes for everyone.”

Students auditioned in September and attended rehearsals each week to prepare for the performance.

A special showing was also put on for children at the primary schools within the Burnt Mill Academy Trust – Cooks Spinney, Freshwaters, Little Parndon and Roydon.

After the performance, parents turned to social media to praise everyone involved. Parent Jacqui Aslandogdu Tweeted: “What a FANTASTIC panto tonight. Bravo to the whole cast and the staff that made it happen. We have never laughed so much … thank you from a couple of very proud parents.”

The lead cast was made up of -

  • Cinderella - Maisie Felstead
  • Prince Charming - Izzy Baker
  • Fairy Godmother - Georgia Samuels
  • Buttons – Mason Peach
  • Dandini – Kai Roberts
  • Baron Henry Hard-Up - Michael Galvin
  • Baroness Hermione Hard-Up - Sky Hover
  • Bernie - Alfie Howard-Morgan
  • Millie - Marlie James
  • Snatchit - Chloe Smith
  • Grabbit - Lily Aslandogdu

More photos can be seen in the image gallery.

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