Dance school takes to the stage for early panto

Vera Frances School of Dance panto in aid of RSPCA Block Fen. Dance rehearsal
Vera Frances School of Dance panto in aid of RSPCA Block Fen. Dance rehearsal

ALL the fun and drama of a traditional pantomime with extra dancing came to March this week.

The Vera Frances School of Dance has staged an early pantomime at the Neale-Wade Community College in aid of the RSPCA’s Block Fen Centre at Wimblington.

It is the first time the dance group has staged a show in four years and Lynda Ward-Cray, said the performers have been preparing for the production for the past year.

Around 50 of the school’s dancers, from all over Fenland, are taking part in the show, which opens tonight (Thursday) and runs until Saturday in the college’s brand new hall.

Dancers, who are aged from just four to adult, perform a range of styles from classical ballet to ballroom, tap and modern.

The story entitled “A Winter’s Tale: The Wicked Snowman” tells the story of the havoc wreaked when an evil spirit takes over an entry in a village snowman competition.

Characters include robins, a Genie, Greek gods, dwarfs and can can dancers.

Lynda said the performers have all worked extremely hard to not only learn all the dance moves, but also the dialogue.

She explained the show is a proper pantomime with dialogue created by Vera Frances.

Lynda also paid tribute to all the back stage crew, who have worked hard to create backdrops and lighting on a professional scale.

There are still tickets available for the show, which starts at 7pm nightly.

Tickets for raised seating cost £10 for adults (£9 children under 16 and concessions). Flat seating tickets are £9 adults (£8 concessions and children). All proceeds will go to Block Fen RSPCA Centre.

To book call 01945-860289 or available on the door.

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