September 16 2014 Latest news:
Friday, January 10, 2014
Pantomime fun was on the timetable at one Norfolk school as pupils took part in a workshop with members of the Theatre Royal show Cinderella.
Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School, in Hellesdon, yesterday enjoyed a visit from Cinderella ensemble member Andrew Wragg and pianist Mark Read for a day full of singing and dancing. The duo taught pupils songs from the pantomime and gave them a crash-course in the art of the hand-jive, which is performed in one of the show’s dance routines.
The special session took place ahead of the school visiting the pantomime, and both Mark and Andrew were full of praise for the children who took part.
Mark said: “The children did fantastically well. They took the roof off with their singing. The hand-jive and the children doing the cowboy move were among the highlights. It is going to be great to have the children seeing the pantomime at the Theatre Royal today, and they will know all the moves now.”
Daniel Thrower, headteacher of Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School, said it was a brilliant learning opportunity for the pupils.
He said: “It was great. The children were so excited and said what a great time they had. It also helped support a lot of the work we have been doing in the classroom based around Cinderella and pantomime.”
Yesterday’s workshop was the first event in a new education programme which will see the theatre working with both Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School and Hellesdon High School.
John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “This event officially begins the new link between us and both schools, and will see a host of learning experiences for young people across the curriculum.”