Oh yes it is panto time

Chandan Kang, centre, as Cindy Barrella with Ugly Sisters Aaron Liddle as Carley Hill, left, and Lewis Graham as Marley Potts, right.
Chandan Kang, centre, as Cindy Barrella with Ugly Sisters Aaron Liddle as Carley Hill, left, and Lewis Graham as Marley Potts, right.
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SNOW stopped play for a city school – but their would-be actors have finally taken to the stage.

The cast and crew at Southmoor School are putting the finishing touches to their pantomime, which is being staged at the school this week.

In character for the Fairy God father teacher Gary Hope.'The Southmoor School pantomime "Cindy Barrella" which was cancelled in December because of the bad weather and will now be staged starting Monday 31st January.

In character for the Fairy God father teacher Gary Hope.'The Southmoor School pantomime "Cindy Barrella" which was cancelled in December because of the bad weather and will now be staged starting Monday 31st January.

Severe bad weather before Christmas put a stop to the panto – The Adventures of Cindy Barella – being staged before the school holidays, but the pupils are getting into their stride.

The play was written by a member of staff at the Ryhope Road school and, set in Sunderland, is a twist on the traditional tale of Cinderella.

Cindy doesn’t dream of going to the ball, but appearing on Britain’s Got Talent and is thwarted by her two ugly sisters, Carley and Marley (Hill and Potts).

Anne Twine, a member of the staff in the school’s drama department, said the pantomime is hugely entertaining and the two Year 11 boys who play the ugly sisters really steal the show.

The teacher said: “This is a fantastic way of doing something completely different.

“There is a mix of acts performing in the Britain’s Got Talent part of the panto, so it gives all the pupils a chance to shine.”

As well as the cast of a traditional pantomime, the show also includes young people acting as the judges of Britain’s Got Talent, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan.

Mrs Twine said: “We were all set to do the show, but the heavy snow put a stop to it.

“Even if we could have opened the school we wouldn’t have had an audience.

“But, luckily the panto doesn’t have a Christmas theme, so it’s fine to put on now.”

The last performance of the pantomime takes place tonight, starting at 6pm. Tickets are available from the school reception and the music and drama departments and cost £2 for chilren and £3 for adults.