Staff and pupils have a ball in pantomime

You shall go to the ball! Pupils and staff of the Balwearie pantomime
You shall go to the ball! Pupils and staff of the Balwearie pantomime

Balwearie High School’s version of the pantomime Cinderella enjoyed two well attended performances in fine style last week, as a cast of pupils and staff took to the stage to entertain the school community.

The production was the culmination of several months of hard work as the cast have been rehearsing solidly since September, and their hard work paid off with audiences of around 200 relatives and friends each night.

The age-old fairy tale followed the plight of poor Cinderella (Miss Lafferty – Modern Languages) as she battles with her daily chores while her two ugly step-sisters Griselda and Esmeralda (Miss Cameron – Drama and Mrs MacDonnell – Pupil Support) and her wicked step-mother (Mr Soltesz – Mathematics) do their very best to make her life a misery.

Meanwhile, in the palace, the King and Queen (Dr. More – Rector and Mrs Palmer – Department of Additional Support) despair.

Their son is lazy, messy and listens to heavy metal music! What can turn him into Prince Charming?

Ta da! Enter Fairy Godmother Aloe Vera (Mrs Ramshaw – Chemistry) and her fitting magic apothecary, which has the power to make dreams come true.

Aloe Vera also works her magic on Cinders who shall go to the ball, aided by her loyal secret admirer, Buttons (Alex McBain – Senior pupil).

With a chorus of pupils from all years throughout the school and staff (including Mrs. Williamson – English and Mrs Killin – Pupil Support Assistant), the charming Prince and his beautiful princess are involved in a host of hilarious incidents that eventually lead to the wedding of the year!

As well as taking on the various acting roles, many other pupils were involved behind the scenes, helping with costume and make-up as well as sound and lighting support.

Audrey Rankin, who played Prince Charming, said: “It was a great experience working with and getting to know teachers from other departments.

“The students who were involved backstage and on lighting and sound did a fantastic job.”

Rowan Astin, English and media studies teacher and director of the pantomime, added: “It is always a great experience to do a show.

“The mix of both staff and pupils was great fun to direct with lots of comedy moments from all involved.

“The technical and backstage teams also excelled themselves.

“Both the staff and pupils have had enormous fun in taking part and would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.”