More than £1000 was raised for school projects through a pantomime staged at St Philip’s School, Uckfield.
Hansel and Gretel was the title but characters such as Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland, the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter all made an appearance in the second act, writes Carine Roberts who also took the pictures.
The pantomime, which was staged by the Friends of St Philip’s, was a visual feast of colour thanks to costumes, make-up and lighting by Gerry Shelley, a dad at the school.
Parents performed for the children on Friday afternoon maintaining a tradition practised for 30 years at the school.
At the moment the fund-raising focus at St Philip’s is on building an outdoor classroom but there are smaller on-going projects too, aimed at helping the school and keeping the children happy.
One of the latest completed tasks is a new all-weather playground on the school field, which the children are enjoying during playtimes.
The Friends’ pantomime was directed and stage-managed by Julia Shelley, mother of Ben in Year 8 and Jasmine in Year 4.
The resident pianist was Dominic Hartley, a dad at the school who was joined by Jo Oulton on her double bass.
Farewells were bid to Penny Heath, Clive Christian, Karen and Lee Schofield and Michelle and Steve Barber who have taken part in many school pantomimes over the year and will be sorely missed.
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