Panto fever hits Buchan primaries

DRESSING UP: Peterhead Central School pupils and teachers Mrs Johnston and Mr MacKenzie get in the panto spirit
DRESSING UP: Peterhead Central School pupils and teachers Mrs Johnston and Mr MacKenzie get in the panto spirit

Peterhead Central and Meethill primary schools received a lesson in live theatre courtesy of Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA).

The company performed their Panto Roadshow on Tuesday, October 30 with the aim of being educational and fun.

PANTO FEVER: Meethill Primary School teachers and pupils in the special costumes

PANTO FEVER: Meethill Primary School teachers and pupils in the special costumes

The interactive show was brought to life by two of the best Dames in the country, Andrew Ryan and Nigel Ellacott, along with panto performer Nathan Daniel.

The project was planned and financed by APA as a way of taking the experience of live theatre out to as many youngsters as possible.

The roadshow began with a comedy performance where the actors dressed in costume to explain how the theatre comes to life.

They also played piano for a sing-a-long where certain words were replaced with actions.

Both pupils and staff were involved with the roadshow, as they dressed up in stage costumes including Snow White and her prince, Cinderella, a fairy, Captain Hook and Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk.

The teachers were dressed as the Wicked Queen and Sweaty Betty.

A question and answer session followed where the pupils had plenty to ask the actors.

Speaking to the Buchanie, panto performer Nigel Ellacott said: “We want to introduce panto to kids that have never been to a live performance and encourage them to go.

“We feel a need to get children away from DVDs and laptops, get them out and enjoy themselves.”

On the subject Mr Ellacott added: “Panto is my passion and I want to keep it alive, though it is a thriving business.

“I would like to say that panto is not just for Christmas, it is for life.”