Children get crafty for competition celebrating Georgian’s pantomime

Pictured with their winning entries for the Aladdin children’s arts and crafts competition are (left to right): Back row – Oliver Johnston, Eleanor Mundell, Kiyun Park, Clare Allen (director and producer of Aladdin) and Anya Shearn. Front row – Evie Richardson, George Rowbotham and Charlie Catt.

Children around the region have been getting crafty in celebration of this year’s pantomime at Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal.

Dozens of lamps, lanterns, flying carpets and Aladdin-themed artwork have been carefully created as part of a competition run by the theatre with entries from children as young as three in four different categories.

“We have been thrilled by the large number of superb entries that have been produced for the competition,” said the pantomime’s director and producer, Clare Allen.

“A lot of effort has obviously gone into making each one and it was very difficult to pick winners from such a strong field of dazzling entries.

“We would like to offer our thanks and congratulations to all those who took part.

“One of the things that makes the Richmond pantomime so special is the way that it is so firmly embedded in the community.

“Everyone likes to get involved from those who lovingly create the legendary knitted items to the many children who roll their sleeves up with painting, colouring and junk modelling,” she added.

The winner of the category for entries from children aged 6 and under was George Rowbotham, age 5, with Charlie Catt, 5, as runner-up; the winner of the category for entries from children aged 7 and over was Eleanor Mundell, 8, with Evie Richardson, 8, as runner-up; the winner of the best coloured-in picture or 2-D artwork was Oliver Johnston, 8, with Kiyun Park, 10, as runner-up.

The Director’s Prize for the most imaginative entry was won by Anya Shearn, 10.

Artwork from the competition will be displayed in the theatre during the run of the pantomime from Friday, December 6 until Sunday, January 12 and also in the shop window of Out of the Box on King Street, Richmond.

Tickets are priced from £10.50 and are available from the box office on 01748 825252 or via the online booking service on the theatre’s website www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk

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  1. Dear Richmondshire Today,
    I was on a brief visit to Richmond from London for the Green Howards exhibition about Britain and Russia, but quite by chance found out about Aladdin and bought a ticket in advance. My bus arrived in the Market Place at 1.16 sharp so I just had time to run round the corner and take my seat in Dryden Box for the 1.30 performance on 10/12. Close enough to the stage to really interact with boos, cheers and hearty singing. It was absolutely terrfic, quite the best panto I have ever seen (or been in!) in my over 70 years of life. I laughed nearly all the way through, especially at Twankey who had the audience eating out of her(?) hand. The young chorus/dancers were amazing. In fact everyone was amazing. The camel was amazing. As I was sitting rather remotely I was given six woolly light-bulbs in the interval and I certainly chucked them with style at that nasty Abanazar. I also caught a Tunnock’s Teacake – a personal triumph. Thanks a million everybody!

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