Panto workshops

Pantomime workshops for schoolchildren
Pantomime workshops for schoolchildren

Schoolchildren got the chance to take part in pantomime workshops at the Grove Theatre on Friday, November 13.

Pupils from schools in Dunstable and the surrounding areas were invited to the workshops, hosted by Magic Beans Pantomimes.

Pantomime workshop at the Grove Theatre

Pantomime workshop at the Grove Theatre

The children got to learn about theatre history, develop and strengthen their acting skills and have fun.

The workshops were led by ex-performer and producer Jamie Alexander Wilson, seasoned dame Rob Pearce and Lucy Reed, who will star as Cinderella in this year’s pantomime.

Rob Pearce said: “Panto is a vital part of British culture as it is usually a child’s first introduction to live theatre.

“We are really excited that, with the generous sponsorship of Costa, we are able to give schools a chance to find out about pantomime’s history and traditions, as well as engaging them with the Grove as a venue.

Pupils in action at the pantomime workshops

Pupils in action at the pantomime workshops

“The schools that I have visited have been really receptive to he opportunity to work with a professional actor and children have been fascinated by the many weird and wonderful facts about pantomime.

“Through games and teamwork I have also been able to use pantomime as a way to build confidence and encourage better communication between pupils, as pantomime does, after all, require you to be pretty care free and not afraid to be a bit silly!”

Over one hundred children attended the classes, sponsored by Costa Foundation Charity.

A local teacher said: “This was a fantastic experience for all the children (and the adults).

“Nothing beats being in a live theatre and all the staff were amazing.”

Sadie, a year six pupil from a local school, said: “I found it fun and it was a great experience. Thank you!”

Magic Beans Pantomimes returns to this the Grove Theatre this festive season with Cinderella.