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Panto success at arts centre

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • The cast of Aladdin and His Magic Lamp which has been showing at the Foxlowe Arts Centre.

  • The cast of Aladdin and His Magic Lamp which has been showing at the Foxlowe Arts Centre.

  • The adult cast of Aladdin and His Magic Lamp which has been showing at the Foxlowe Arts Centre.

  • Some of the youngsters in the cast of Aladdin and His Magic Lamp. Left, the cast, which included professional actors, pictured to rear.

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YOUNGSTERS have been enjoying taking part in a pantomime in their home town.

The second Foxlowe Arts Centre pantomime ran from December 14 until January 5 at the Leek Market Place venue, and involved six professional actors along with 10 local children.

Aladdin and His Magic Lamp was presented by the Leek-based Lambdog Theatre Company.

Lambdog's core team is Patrick McConnell and Lynne Payne, both of Leek, who each have more than 10 years of experience as professional actors and producers in the world of theatre, film and television.

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Lynn said: "The pantomime at the Foxlowe Arts Centre has gone really well this year.

"We have had great feedback with one audience member saying that the production was magical."

Fourteen-year-old Ellie Hopewell, who lives in Onecote, said: "It's been really fun taking part in the panto.

"I have taken part in a New Vic Theatre production before,which was great, but it is nice to do something in my home town."

Edith Whilock, aged 14, who lives in Rudyard, said: "I've not done anything like this before but I have really enjoyed it."

Both Edith and Ellie are members of the Foxlowe Youth Theatre which meets every Saturday morning and is run by Patrick and Lynne.

Edith said: "It's fun being part of the youth theatre and I have made lots of new friends."

Lambdog Theatre Company is aiming to tour with their version of Aladdin and His Magic Lamp.

Their next production to be performed by them at The Foxlowe Arts Centre will be Wind of The Willows in April.

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