Shoreham pupils brave heat for panto finale

Stars Tegan Howarth, 11 and Rowan Harris, ten' dm1511195a
Stars Tegan Howarth, 11 and Rowan Harris, ten' dm1511195a

SCORCHING summer sun doesn’t normal play a factor in the traditional pantomime performance.

But for young thespians at Shoreham Beach Primary School, last week’s heat-wave, combined with the glare of stage lights, almost threatened to derail their summer panto.

Cast surrounding Maid Marion 'dm1511194a

Cast surrounding Maid Marion 'dm1511194a

However, the determined young actors did not let a quick spike in temperatures destroy months of hard work when they performed their production of Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies.

The show followed the tale of Robin Hood – with a comic twist to the story.

Delighted co-director Coco Swanson was thrilled by all the pupils’ efforts.

“It was a really hard week because of the heat wave,” said Ms Swanson. “Performing in heavy costumes under the hot lights was quite an ordeal but the kids worked together and pulled off a fantastic show.

Performing in heavy costumes under the hot lights was quite an ordeal but the kids worked together and pulled off a fantastic show.

Coco Swanson, co-director

“The parents loved it and enjoyed the jokes, especially as some of them were actually more adult.”

A cast and crew of 57 children, from year three, to year six, have been rehearsing their lines since January, putting in hours of dedication and practice to pull off the 90-minute production, which ended on Thursday.

The play followed Robin Hood and his outrageous outlaws on their quest to defeat the dastardly sheriff of Nottingham and his gang of thugs, rescue Maid Marion and overthrow King John.

Principal roles saw strong performances from Tegan Howarth, 11, as Maid Marion and Rowan Harris, ten, as Robin Hood.

All the cast together and ready for their production 'dm1511200a

All the cast together and ready for their production 'dm1511200a

Likewise, Minnie White, ten, portrayed the sheriff of Nottingham with Finn Clifton, ten, transforming into the regal King John.

However, Ms Swanson admitted that everyone stunned staff with their willingness to join the action.

“We’ve enjoyed getting children on the stage who are usually far more interested in kicking a ball about on a football pitch,” she said. “Some of the boys even had to wear tights every night!”

The show was directed by Ms Swanson and Nicola Crowhurst, with music being provided by Gaynor Gallant.

King John and his team with their weapons 'dm1511192a

King John and his team with their weapons 'dm1511192a

It ran for five nights and was backed by a band.

Children enjoyed an ice cream to cool down after the event.

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