Pan­tomime Time with the St Ursu­line Con­vent and St. Winifreds School

Pan­tomime Time with the St. Ursu­line Con­vent and the St. Winifred’s School

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Christ­mas time in Bar­ba­dos is extra spe­cial as every year dur­ing the sea­son a pan­tomime is held by one of these schools. Each school alter­nates as to which school holds the Pan­tomime dur­ing the Christ­mas Sea­son, mean­ing that each school hosts their Pan­tomime every two years. The Pan­tomime is def­i­nitely a must see around this period and has become a pop­u­lar Bar­ba­dian Christ­mas tradition.

The St. Winifred’s Pan­tomime has a long and dated his­tory, going as far back as 1969, when the first Pan­tomime, “Mother Goose” was pro­duced by Anna Adamira. St. Ursuline’s on the other hand did not stage their first pan­tomime until 1989. This school has always rec­og­nized the value of per­form­ing arts with numer­ous pro­duc­tions being staged over the years, but the stag­ing of a major pan­tomime was the epit­ome of the value they place on the per­form­ing arts.
charlie 1Their first pan­tomime, “Twin­kle” was a major hit with the audi­ence. Mrs. Jill Otway was the pro­ducer of this first Pan­tomine and over the years has been able to not only pro­duce sev­eral other pan­tomimes but has also writ­ten them, impart­ing a pos­i­tive mes­sage upon the audi­ence in each of them.
Par­tic­i­pa­tion in pan­tomimes is seen as just as impor­tant as the pro­duc­tion itself and how it is received by the audi­ence. The chil­dren par­tic­i­pat­ing have to be very dis­ci­plined, as with rehearsals start­ing from as early as July, they have to bal­ance their sched­ules with rehearsals. How­ever, they gain tremen­dous ben­e­fits from par­tic­i­pa­tion as they learn impor­tant val­ues such as team work, com­mit­ment, self-​confidence, trust­wor­thi­ness and cre­ativ­ity. It also aids in the char­ac­ter build­ing of both teach­ers and parents.
The show itself can be seen as rem­i­nis­cent of a Broad­way musi­cal. Every year, an adap­ta­tion of a beloved children’s story is pro­duced and is well received by audi­ences of all ages. From col­or­ful cos­tumes to delight­ful songs, to well-​choreographed dances to funny and inter­est­ing sto­ry­lines and from inter­est­ing props to excel­lent spe­cial effects, this major fundrais­ing effort is one that has won many a heart of locals and vis­i­tors over the years.
The 2014 Pan­tomime enti­tled “Peter Pan” was hosted by St. Winifred’s school, fol­low­ing up their block­buster and record break­ing pro­duc­tion in 2012, “Alice in Won­der­land”. This year is the turn of the Ursu­line Con­vent School to host the Pan­tomime. charlie This year’s story will be “Char­lie & The Choco­late Fac­tory” and will be held at the Ursu­line Con­vent School, Col­l­ly­more Rock, St. Michael from 7pm on Fri­days and Sat­ur­days and 6pm on Sun­days, with a spe­cial show on Inde­pen­dence Day this year. The dates are as follows:

Novem­ber 2015
Sat­ur­day Novem­ber 28th –Gala Open­ing
Mon­day Novem­ber 30th
Decem­ber 2015
Fri­day Decem­ber 4th
Sat­ur­day Decem­ber 5th
Sun­day Decem­ber 6th
Fri­day Decem­ber 11th
Sat­ur­day Decem­ber 12th
Sun­day Decem­ber 13th
Fri­day Decem­ber 18th
Sat­ur­day Decem­ber 19th
Sun­day Decem­ber 20th
Tick­ets are $45 for adults and $25 for chil­dren and can be pur­chased from the Ursu­line Con­vent School. For more details call 2875388 or 4265571.

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