Children show off artistic talents to celebrate Richmond panto

Pictured with their winning entries for The Wizard of Oz children’s arts and crafts competition are (left to right): Back row – Ruben Anderson, Emily Longley, Annabel Price, Clare Allen (director and writer of The Wizard of Oz), and Anya Wardman. Front row – Daniel Butler, Edith Carr and Shaun Coxon.

Children have been showing off their artistic talents in celebration of this year’s pantomime at Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal – The Wizard of Oz.

Dozens of decorated hot air balloons, dazzling emerald cities and multi-coloured pictures have been carefully created as part of a competition run by the theatre with entries from children as young as three.

“We were inundated with the most fabulous creations imaginable,” said the pantomime’s director and writer, Clare Allen.

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“It was incredibly hard to pick out winners from such an array of entries and we would like to offer our thanks and congratulations to all those who took part.

“The pantomime is a big community event and we like to involve everyone – both young and old – whether as a member of the audience or by taking part in our many panto-related activities from knitting doughnuts to paper mâché and junk modelling,” she added.

The winner of the category for models and balloons aged 6 and under was Anya Wardman (age 6) with Edith Carr (age 6) as runner-up; the winner of the category for models and balloons aged 7 and over was Emily Longley (age 8) with Ruben Anderson (age 9) as runner-up; the winner of the best coloured-in picture was Daniel Butler (age 4) with Shaun Coxon (age 4) as runner-up.

The Director’s Prize for the most imaginative entry was won by Annabel Price (age 8).

The artwork will be displayed either in the Theatre or at other venues in the town during the run of the pantomime, which is on from Thursday 7 December 2017 until Sunday 7th January 2018.

Tickets are priced from £8 and are available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or via the online booking service on the Theatre’s website: