The whole school packed into the church to watch the show and 25 children had the opportunity to take part in the entertainment. This pantomime performance was funded by Shan Seewoothrun and the BC Club via Variety, the Children’s Charity. Their generosity has also funded a show at Linwood School’s Springwood Campus in January 2024.

Treehouse Theatre take their mobile pantomimes into various schools. With just four actors and the help of the children, they wove their way through the enchanting story of Cinderella. There were boos and hisses, cheers and “hoorahs”, and lots of applause.

Warming to their roles, children from the school turned from dogs to horses to pull the pumpkin carriage, and twirled shiny umbrellas to create the wheels of the coach as it took Cinderella to the palace for the ball. The Prince’s courtiers were played by the children, as was the pumpkin that turned into the coach. In the end, good triumphed over evil and everybody went home with big smiles.

Frances Cornelius, chair of Variety Wessex, said:

Thank you Shan and BC Club for funding this entertaining show and the performance at Linwood School’s Springwood Campus in January. The productions give more wonderful memories for these amazing infants. A big thank you to Treehouse Theatre for putting on such a marvellous and inventive pantomime. The children really enjoyed it and I’m sure their teachers did too.