Students stage a phenomenal panto performance for schools (oh yes they did!)

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Pupils at local primary schools were recently treated to an action-packed stage adventure thanks to talented performing arts students from East Berkshire College. Putting their own twist on the classic panto Robin Hood, the students delighted audiences with a professional show full of mayhem and merriment.

A cast of 16 students, who are all studying at Windsor College, performed a 45 minute pantomime as part of a festive tour for schools. The show had all the elements you would expect from a classic panto, such as adventure, music, dancing, excitement and lots of audience participation.

Lecturer Natalie Jones said: "The tour was a tremendous success. The response at every show has been excellent. The students have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it has given them an insight into what it is like to be part of a professional touring company, with some very early starts, loading and unloading a minibus, creating characters and improvising, and adapting their performance to fit different spaces and different audiences."

Entertaining groups of between 40 and 300 children at a time, the tour visited five schools in the area including Marish Primary School in Langley, Eton Wick First School in Windsor and Ryvers Primary School in Slough.

Now in its 12th year, the 'Adventures in Panto-land' school tour was created as part of a module of the College's Performing Arts BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 course. The students, who are all in their second year, have spent the term developing their skills in this area of performance and researching the origins of pantomime.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its performing arts courses, click here or call 01753 793000.

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