Students take audience into Wonderland

Published: 20th December 2017

Published by City College Southampton

The festive season isn't complete without a family pantomime. This year our Performing Arts students took to the stage of the college’s Hub Theatre with a professional production of Alice in Wonderland.

Check out the photo gallery of the cast and the behind-the-scenes crew below!

With stunning costumes and make-up, fantastic set designs, and all of the known characters from Lewis Carrol’s original work, this year’s production set imaginations running wild in a topsy-turvy world that got "curiouser and curiouser".

A full and talented cast brought a show packed with all the comedy capers, colourful costumes and creative scenery that makes pantomime so magical. This year’s production starred Cameron White as the essential pantomime dame Cookie, Aya Benyahya as the evil Queen of Hearts, and Abigail Dennis as Alice.

Students from across a variety of creative subject areas worked together to create the professional production which was performed to hundreds of families, school children, college staff and students.

Production arts students developed, designed and built the entire set, props, lighting and sound. Theatrical hair and media make-up students styled and applied all of the character make-up and wigs. The show’s promotional photography was covered by photography students and one of the clever special effects was the projection of the Cheshire Cat which was filmed by media students.

Stepping up to the challenge of Production Manager was Rebecca Nye, 18, second year Level 3 Production Arts student. She said: "I am interested in stage management so to be given this important role has been an amazing experience and has confirmed that this is what I want to do as a career."

Rebecca continued "Although it’s been a lot of hard work and very hectic at times, it’s been worth it to see everything come together - it’s a great feeling!"

Level 3 Performing Arts student, Cameron White, 17, played the part of the hilarious dame Cookie. He said: "Being in the panto has been awesome! I like to portray humourous characters and fitting into the role of the panto dame was challenging but really fun to do."

Former Mountbatten School student, Abigail Dennis, 16, played Alice and said: "I was delighted to be selected to play the lead role. Although it’s been a lot of hard work, I’ve really enjoyed performing to such engaging audiences. All of the cast and crew work really well together and the set looked amazing!"

Ian Rowsell, course leader for performing arts, said: "We're thrilled with the success of this year’s panto, which highlights the talent and high standard of work our students produce. They work so hard every year to put the pantomime on and it never fails to get everyone into the Christmas spirit."

Time-lapse video

Production Arts students build the entire set for the panto at the College's hub theatre