4th December 2018
Final year Extended Diploma Musical Theatre students have enjoyed creating their own Children's double-bill theatre pieces; 'Theorella & The Greatest Panto, inspired by popular music and based on the stories of Cinderella and Aladdin.
Emily Briscombe (previously of Boroughbridge High School) plays Princess Ella. She explains: "I have been in a number of shows but none of them have been specifically for children, so this is new territory for me. We have learnt that our performances need to be exaggerated, with good diction and easy-to-use language, enabling children to understand the plot and the individual characters. My character is a modern Cinderella and the audience love her, which is really nice. After College I intend taking a gap year and audition for Disney before applying to Drama schools."
Meg Watson (previously of Holy Family Catholic High School, Carlton) plays the role of Aladdin and is loving her first panto experience; "I'm acting, singing and dancing and have some funny scenes with the Dame and the Idiot. Aladdin is a love story - everyone knows about Aladdin and Jasmine - and we have used the basic story line and given it a few twists and quirks. This role is giving me great experience and I will add it to my CV when I apply to drama schools next year."
Curtis Ainsley (previously of York High School) has the pleasure of playing Penelope Flushed, the pantomime dame in the Greatest Panto. He says: 'The Dame is an iconic role which I found difficult at first, but now I'm getting into character it's actually very enjoyable. I particularly like the slap-stick comedy and singing '9 to 5' with the Idiot (who doesn't like a bit of Dolly Parton?!). When I leave College next year I want to take a gap year and audition for parts to gain as much experience as possible before I apply to either drama school or university to study Performing Arts."
Theorella and the Greatest Panto is primarily designed for children aged 6-9 years. Tickets are available from the College's Finance office for performances on 12th & 13th December in the Alan Ayckbourn Theatre at the College.