Pantomime Time with the St Ursuline Convent and St. Winifreds School
Pantomime Time with the St. Ursuline Convent and the St. Winifred’s School
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.
Their 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. 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:
Saturday November 28th –Gala Opening
Monday November 30th
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 287‑5388 or 426‑5571.
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