Friends of St Philip’s wow pantomime audience

The best St Philip’s panto yet – that was the verdict of people watching an extravaganza staged by the Friends of St Philip’s Primary School.

It is more than 30 years since the first pantomime was performed at the school and this one, The Wizard of Oz, was written and directed by Sarah Cannon and played by a cast of parents.

The cast of St Philip’s pantomime, The Wizard of Oz. Photo: Carine Roberts.

Sarah, an ex-parent of the school, performed in many of the first pantomimes. She now has grandchildren in Year 2 and Reception and was tempted back to the panto scene last year when she wrote and directed Peter Pan.

There was a team effort by parent to create scenery and sets, music, sound effects, customers, make-up and backstage team and all ran smoothly for the cast that wowed an appreciative audience.

Comedy, fear, pathos, love and intelligent acting complimented Dorothy as she was accompanied down the Yellow Brick Road.

Tracey Tremlett plays The Wicked Witch. This was her last performance at St Philip’s after taking part in 15 pantomimes. Photo: Carine Roberts.

Tracey Tremlett, who played The Wicked Witch of the West, has been in 15 school pantos during her time as a parent at St Philip’s.

Her youngest is in Year 6 and so this was her last performance. The Friends thanked her for her commitment to all those pantos.

Gerry Shelley stage a lighting show to enhance the performance, with live music provided throughout by Dominic Hatley on the keyboards and sound effects by Harry Cannon, an ex-pupil of St Philip’s.

Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow on stage with Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at St Philip’s Primary School. Photo: Carine Roberts.

This is one of the main fundraisers for the school and the cast and crew are thrilled to have raised more than £3000 for the school this time.

Carine Roberts and Sarah Cannon said there was a rush of positive feedback for The Wizard of Oz with people saying it was the best panto yet.

They added: “We are very grateful to all of our sponsors, who helped to cover the cost of stage lighting.”

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