Snow Wonder learners show off their performing talents

Learners and staff from the Grimsby School of Art brightened up a dull December evening with their annual pantomime, Snow Wonderland, which is being shown for the first time ever on regional TV.

Snow Wonderland is a mash-up of Alice in Wonderland and Snow White and was written and performed by learners from the Faculty of Digital and Creative Industries, featuring special guest appearances and lots of surprises along the way.

A dual cast performed over five performances and led the audience on an unexpected journey as a modern day Snow White, Megan Smith on impressive form, having to learn the responsibility needed to take over the throne from her mother, the not so wicked Queen, played hilariously by Ellis Haywood.

The Queen hatched a plan, ably assisted by seven not so small Dwarves, to send Snow White to Wonderland where she had to endure three trials, including a face off with the Mad Hatter, the delightfully crazy Hayley Holmequest, in order to learn the qualities needed to take over the throne.

The Magic Mirror, played by Daniel Lucking, acted as the Narrator throughout, guiding the audience along the way. The untraditional pantomime saw Prince Charming, Courtney Petherbridge, becoming the tales bad guy, and Snow White falling for the Huntsman, Kia Wood, instead.

Highlights included ‘Let it Go’, retitled ‘Let Her Go’, sang with gusto by Ellis and Daniel and ‘Holding out for a Hero’, sung by Megan as Snow White.

The pantomime enchanted over 1000 local school children and Grimsby Institute staff and learners over five performances and will be broadcast on Estuary TV, which is available on Freeview Channel 8 and Virgin Media Channel 159, on the following dates:

Sunday 27th December at 3pm & 7.30pm
Monday 28th December at 4.30pm
Wednesday 30th December at 12.30pm
Friday 1st January at 5pm
Saturday 2nd January at 11.30am
Sunday 3rd January at 3pm

The cast over the five performances included:

Snow White – Megan Smith & Juliya Ramanaiski

Prince – Courtney Petherbridge & Bailey Ford

Mirror – Daniel Lucking & Megan Ashwell

Huntsman – Kia Wood

Doc – James Swain

Happy – Hayley Holmequest

Grumpy – Chloe Squire

Sneezy – Jasmine Mennell

Bashful – Teona Newton

Mad Hatter – Hayley Holmequest & Anya Smith

Sleepy – Megan Aswell & Daniel Lucking

Dopey – Juliya Ramanaiski & Jennifer Colebrook

Queen – Ellis Haywood & Luke Mitchell

Fairy – Chantelle Doyle

Chief Elf – Emma Forrest-Leigh

Elves – Michelle Swithenbank & Debra Gray

Emma Forrest-Leigh, Associate Principal for Digital & Creative Industries, said: “We are delighted to provide our learners with the experience of performing to an audience, as well as providing the local community with some excellent entertainment. Our Media student crew, Estuary Student TV, filmed the show, to be screened on Estuary over the Christmas period.

“Learning at the Grimsby Institute is interactive, fun and more than anything it simulates real industry work, providing learners with real life work opportunities as part of their studies.

“The management team were also involved. For me, it is an ideal way of getting back to the floor, to understand how the learner experience feels, so that I can ensure we are providing the very best of everything for our learners. There is a fantastic feeling here on campus. We all love being here and being a part of it all, staff and learners alike. Merry Christmas!”