Seasonal cheer to city hospice

College students’ pantomime will bring seasonal cheer to city hospice

Performing arts students will be spreading seasonal cheer as they perform in pantomime and raise funds for a Stoke-on-Trent hospice.

Stoke on Trent College will be staging both Aladdin and Jack and the Beanstalk in early December.

Local schools are being invited to afternoon matinee performances during the three day run (from December 6 to December 8) and evening shows are open to the general public.

Audience members will be asked to buy a programme and profits will go to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, the college’s charity partner.

All performances will take place at the college’s Media and Performing Arts centre, which forms part of the Burslem Campus, off Moorland Road.

“Our students are all aspiring to work in the performing arts and we stage a series of public shows throughout the year as part of their coursework,” explained Martin Alcock, lecturer in performing arts at the college.

“Each show is run as if it is a professional performance to give our students a real world example of working on a theatre production.

Martin, who has performed and produced in professional theatres, is working with Year One B-tech students on Aladdin. His colleague, Charlotte Dobson, is working alongside second year students, staging Jack and the Beanstalk.

Martin and Charlotte have written special scripts and are producing the shows with the help of dance lecturers, Fay Braxton and Shona Ankers.

Aladdin will be staged on Tuesday, December 6 (evening show) and December 7 (matinee) and Jack and the Beanstalk on December 8 (matinee and evening show).

Matinees will begin at 1pm and the evening shows at 7pm.

Further productions could be added if demand is high.

To book tickets please telephone 01782 603138.

The Douglas Macmillan Hospice, at Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent, and serves the North Staffordshire area.  It relies primarily on donations to carry-on its work.

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