Oh no they didn’t! Panto comes to life

Teachers James Mitchinson (as 'Abanazer') and Angela Lawery (as 'The Princess') with Year 4 pupils from Langley First School in Monkseaton. Picture by Jason Thompson.
Teachers James Mitchinson (as 'Abanazer') and Angela Lawery (as 'The Princess') with Year 4 pupils from Langley First School in Monkseaton. Picture by Jason Thompson.
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Two teachers brought the Panto world to the classroom as they served up a lesson children would not forget.

James Mitchinson and Angela Lawery gave a special lesson for Year 4 pupils at Langley First School in Monkseaton.

The pair are appearing in ‘Aladdin’ at The Phoenix Theatre, in Blyth, this December and wore their pantomime costumes – James as ‘Abanazer’ and Angela as ‘the Princess’ – for the lesson.

Angela, 27, of Blyth, said: “It will be a great privilege to be returning to The Phoenix Theatre in Aladdin, as this is where I had my very first appearance as an actress aged just eight-years-old.

“I caught the acting bug and it has never left me.”

David Garrett, executive director of The Phoenix Theatre, said: “There’s no better way of bringing people together to sing, laugh and enjoy the magical spirit of theatre than the with a right royal pantomime.

“The Phoenix Theatre has been the cornerstone of performing arts in south east Northumberland for the past five decades; and it doesn’t look like losing momentum anytime soon, as it keeps going from strength-to-strength.

“We hope to continue providing families and individuals with a place to be entertained for generations to come.”

Aladdin runs at The Phoenix Theatre from Saturday, December 5, until Sunday, December 13, with tickets priced at £12.50 for adults, £11.50 for children.

Tickets are available by calling (01670) 367228 or visiting www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk