Pantomime was a giant success!

Published: 16th December 2021

Published by City College Southampton

Performing Arts students took to the stage of our Hub Theatre last week with this year’s sell out family pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. This reimagining was packed with amazing songs, laughter and great special effects.

We are relieved to confirm that between the magical seasonal fairies, our dashing hero Jack and some much-needed audience participation, the giant Blunderbore was defeated, the village was saved and Jack could be reunited with his love Princess Lily.

Performing Arts students were involved with both directing this adaptation of the show and performing on stage and this theatrical collaboration saw our Production Arts students develop, design and build the set, lighting, sound and special effects.

Theatrical Hair and Media Make-up students designed and applied all of the character make-up and wigs, whilst Photography students took all of the show promotional and professional headshot photography.

This year’s panto was a resounding success with seven shows taking place across the week, opening up the world of live theatre to many local school children, college students, staff and families from across the local community. City College was delighted to welcome children from Maytree, St John’s, IOW, and St Mary’s CE Primary Schools.

Production Arts Programme Leader, Marc Fairclough commented: “Everyone involved should be very proud, it was a fantastic show in some unusual circumstances, congratulations everyone.”

Ian Rowsell, Performing Arts Senior Teacher said: “The cast did a wonderful and professional job. I am so glad the students were able to experience putting on this live show. Pantomimes are iconic at Christmas and I think everyone really benefited from some festive cheer.”

Gemma who saw the show on Wednesday said: “Jack and the beanstalk show was amazing. Well done to all cast and crew. Wish it wasn't sold out tonight as would most definitely go again!”

Another member of the audience, Annie, shared with us: “I wanted to congratulate the department on such a fab performance. The actors were truly enjoying themselves on stage and the quality of their work showed lots of practice. The costumes, hair and make-up were brilliant and the sound and lighting were on point. You should all be so proud.

“I know my family will be talking about the Panto over the holidays. My grandchildren love coming to the point of my 19-year-old granddaughter and 15-year-old grandson still want to come and enjoy it. This is a family trip that we look forward to each year and it was really missed last year. We love seeing the kids in the audience as well as the actors on stage enjoy it.”

Tom from the IOW School sent over a number of reviews from their students who came to one of our daytime matinee performances:

“It was really funny and we as audience got involved a lot.

I like that all of the actors were very good at their acting and they weren’t afraid.

The pantomime was funny, and I loved all of the characters.

I really like how they had lots of songs and dances. There were a lot of jokes and audience participation.

I liked the mother. She was super funny. Benny was amazing!!”

St Johns School took the time to say: “Thank you for a wonderful performance from your students last week. They were very professional, as well as entertaining and our children thoroughly enjoyed it and wanted to stay longer! All actors/actresses were equally talented, but we did get a lot of laughs from Dotty Doo!”

Huge congratulations to everyone involved, it was a fantastic experience!