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Panto fun mixes usual characters

THERE’S nothing like a dame as Dick Whittington found out when he shared top billing with Cinderella and Snow White in a college’s panto.


The characters ended up appearing in each other’s shows for the latest seasonal offering from Felpham Community College.


The panto was a sell-out show with a cast of 40 students from Years 7-9 delighting the audience.


Year 9 student Dylan Drew said: “Last year, I was involved with the lighting at the panto and, as I enjoy acting, I auditioned for a part and was the Dame.


“I was excited and nervous about the performance. It was really nice to have my dad, nan, grandads and uncle all come to watch.


“When I leave school, I haven’t decided yet whether to be an actor or a chef.”


The story started with the traditional tale of Dick Whittington. However, his script became muddled when his granny drops it and the story soon encompassed a wide range of other fairy tales and characters.


Yasmin Tetra, a drama teacher, said: “We wanted to ensure there were a number of lead parts. The students and I wanted to create a mishmash of the traditional panto stories so that we could include the lead parts from all of them.


“I’m not sure many pantomimes around here feature a Dick Whittington, Cinderella and a Snow White.


“All the students worked really hard fot the performance, with after-school and weekend rehearsals and learning lines at home.


“All the effort paid off as the evening was a great success enjoyed by all.”


The cast also performed to a care home in the area just before the end of term.

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