Aspiring performing artists at Rydal Penrhos held a special event to raise funds for a global charity recently.
The school’s Junior Drama Club held a pantomime entitled Aladdin and the Magic Bucket on Wednesday, March 21, with all proceeds raised going towards Water Aid.
Each performer have been working closely with director and Sixth Form pupil Jule Mayer in the lead-up to the show, while also receiving expert guidance from teachers Fiona Earle and Hannah Pritchett.
There were a host of exceptional performances throughout the panto, with Niall Richardson’s hilarious depiction of Aladdin drawing widespread laughter and plaudits.
The wishy washy brothers played by Ruby Merrick and Emily Jones, together with mother Ada Vonbank, also contributed significantly to the play throughout, while the Dr Evil and Mini-Me duo of Emma Hackman and Lili Northcott took on the role of pantomime villains superbly.
Jasmin Lewis as the chief’s daughter together with her servants Ariana Milligan, Caitriona Searl, Helen Liang and Bella Wei were also prominent throughout, while the chief Aimee Wale and security guards Saul Sugarman, Eve Durrans, Bea Gardener and Bentley Hodgson-Roberts providing an authoritative presence.
The brilliant Naina Babbar played the role of the genie to great effect, while the tourist team of Ella James and Martha Hind kept the story ticking over in-between segments.
Other notable efforts came from Lily Davies, Luisa Berto, Sophie Madden and Hermione-Rose Toulmin, and the group managed to raise £75 for their efforts.
The story also highlight the plight of countries that have limited access to fresh water, and this is the latest in a long line of fundraising events run by staff and pupils at Rydal Penrhos in aid of regional, national and international causes.