IT MAY be ‘snow' joke preparing for a Christmas pantomime . . . but students in Hyde are hoping their production of Alladdin will keep youngsters laughing throughout December.
Last year the students at Hyde Clarendon College performed Mother Goose to hundreds of children from schools across Tameside, thanks to financial support from the Hyde District Assembly.
This year they are hoping Aladdin will be just as popular. And to help them on their way the DA have awarded them a further £5000, to help with scenery, costumes and other costs.
On Wednesday, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds - along with Hyde councillors Philip Fitzpatrick and Peter Robinson - dropped into the college to see the preparations. And he presented them with the cheque for £5000 to fund the pantomime.
Mr Reynolds said: "Last year students from Hyde Clarendon put on a tremendous pantomime that was enjoyed by more than 1000 children.
"For many of the youngsters who attended the show, it was their first taste of live theatre. And for the students it was an important practical experience of the performing arts - whether on stage or off.
"Students at Hyde Clarendon are preparing for this year's pantomime. They have already shown tremendous commitment to the project, which will take up a significant amount of their time and effort.
"But putting on a quality show is clearly expensive - from the building of scenery and the creation of costumes to the securing of performance rights.
"And I am delighted that the Hyde District Assembly has been able to contribute towards the costs of this show.
"I wish the students well - and I am looking forward to returning to the college in December to see the production."
Published 21 September, 2011