Students present Spinderella: A panto with a spin!

It’s panto season again (oh yes it is!) and Performing Arts students at Shrewsbury College are presenting a spin on the traditional fairy-tale, Cinderella.

‘Spinderella’ is full of fun, sparkle, and a sprinkling of pantomime magic - with an original script written by Performing Arts lecturer, Andy Pierce.

“The play tells the story of ‘Spinderella’, a young girl living in her father’s record store, with her step-mother and sisters after her father’s sudden death,” explained Andy. “Unfortunately, the lease on the record store is up and Spinderella has 24 hours to find £10,000 or risk her father’s shop falling into the hands of the music mogul, ‘Rich Filthy’ – who happens to resemble a well-known X factor judge.

“It’s a combination of previous improvised scripts I’ve worked on with plenty of well-known pantomime scenes and musical numbers that audiences should recognise.

“We’re very excited about taking the pantomime on tour for the first time and putting on a show for local schools, including Belvidere, Mary Webb and Bicton C.E Primary. It’s a great chance for our students to perform and interact with the audience and promises to be a lot of fun for everyone!”

Level 3 students are taking part in the production and have now been cast in their roles, and rehearsals are well under way.

Harry Allmark, 17, from Shrewsbury, has been cast as one of the ugly sisters, he said: “This is the first time I’ve taken part in a panto. It’s been really good fun rehearsing and I’m really enjoying playing an ugly sister – it’s something completely different to the norm. Andy’s script is brilliant, I think audiences will really like all of the references to popular culture.”

Mattie Lefevre, 18, also from Shrewsbury, is playing alongside Harry as the second ugly sister, she said: “It’s pretty full-on, as the whole show is very energetic, which is challenging but good fun. “I think we’re all really looking forward to the performances, especially with younger students in the schools. People can expect a lot of fun and laughter and expect to sing along.”

Performances to the public will take place at Shrewsbury College, in the Performing Arts theatre, from Wednesday, 9 until Friday, 11 December and Monday, 14 until Friday 18, December at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8 and £5 Concessions. To book your ticket please call 01743 342487 or email ginae@shrewsbury.ac.uk

For more information about upcoming performances and Performing Arts courses at Shrewsbury College, please call 01743 342411 or follow the College on Facebook: ShrewsburyCollege and Twitter: @ShrewsburyCol, alternatively, come along to our Open Evening on Thursday, 12 November from 5pm to 8pm.

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