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Students at Cheadle Academy showcase stage talents at panto

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Prince Charming played by Megan Stevens and Cinderella played by Charlotte Pearson.

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STUDENTS have been showcasing their stage skills with the production of a Pantomime.

The Cheadle Academy played host to their version of Cinderella last month.

A spokesman at the school said: "It was a great success. The first night of our scintillating production of Cinderella was exceptionally lively, brilliantly zany and, above all, immensely interactive.

"Members of the audience left any inhibitions in the foyer and joined the cast of talented students as they journeyed from X-Factor style auditions to Grumble House, the home of Cinderella and her very ugly sisters.

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"This turned out to be the most unsanitary of abodes and was shared with Scratch and Sniff the resident mice, the wonderfully inquisitive, nose-twitching Ellie Pearson and Jamie Knapper.

"Here we learned of the forthcoming Ball to be held at Prince Charming's Palace, cue much squawking and excitement from the Ugly Sisters and their mother; played with great gusto by Ellie Barker, Chloe Busby, Olivia Rayner and Chloe Cheadle.

"And, as the story progressed with lots of jolly japes, side-splitting asides and laugh-out-loud larking about, we met old favourites: Goldilocks, Rapunzel and co, dressing up for a Ball that was never to be forgotten.

"As the audience shouted their support for Cinders, played suitably sweetly by Charlotte Pearson, all her dreams came true and she fell into the arms of her suave Prince Charming, portrayed in appropriately typical, 'principal boy' style by Megan Stevens.

"In a surprising twist, the ugly sisters were squired by three men from the military, brilliantly delivered by teachers Mr Mellinship, Mr Harding and year 10 student Josh Wrench; who brought the house down with their hysterical repartee.

"The audience were invited to 'enjoy the journey' and this they could not fail to do."

The Cheadle Academy's Director of Arts Sarah Booth added: "The young, and in some cases not so young, cast and their Director, Laura Goodhew, acting Head of Music, are to be congratulated on a cracking evening's entertainment.

"The commitment and marvellous team work shown in rehearsals, back stage support and front of house, demonstrated by over 50 students and staff, has been incredible.

"The Academy also wishes to thank CATS for loaning staging, props and costumes.

"Here at The Cheadle Academy we are extremely fortunate to have this fantastic facility, shared between ourselves and wonderful arts organisations such as CATS. This is truly a Community Theatre."

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