Panto donation helps theatre funds

7th January 2021

Schoolchildren have put a smile on the face of Sheringham Little Theatre after making a generous donation when they watched the venue’s online panto.

Six hundred pupils at the town’s primary school were among 200,000-plus nationwide who tuned into a live screening of the festive fun just before Christmas.

And the Sheringham school also collected a bucket full of £250, which they have donated to the arts venue, whose income has been hit by the Covid lockdown.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “We really missed seeing the children in the theatre. There is nothing better than hearing their little excited voices going into the auditorium.

“So we were really pleased the screening, through the Norfolk Music Hub, enabled youngsters to enjoy the panto, not just in Norfolk but all over the UK.”

Sheringham Primary Year 5 teacher Jade Murray added:  “Our pupils come to lots of events and performances at the theatre, and a lot of them are members of the drama club, so it is really important to us to support it.

“The pantomime was amazing, there was a lovely atmosphere, the children were all engaged and, although they couldn’t sing, they had great fun holding up signs saying, ‘Boo’ and ‘It’s behind you!’.”

Sheringham Little Theatre is currently closed under Tier 4 restrictions – and welcomes any donations to help our finances by clicking here.

Work is going on behind the scenes to plan shows for the early part of the year. When rules are relaxed, details of events will be published on the theatre’s Facebook page and website.

Sheringham Little Theatre online panto donation from Sheringham Primary School