Southern Regional College stages huge virtual Christmas panto

Thousands of pupils from more than 500 schools across Northern Ireland have joined forces for a very special Beauty and the Beast digital pantomime, due to be livestreamed across the region and the world on Thursday December 10. Led by Southern Regional College, this socially-distanced entertainment bonanza is expected to be the region’s biggest and safest Christmas pantomime ever. Pictured at the rehearsals are participating students from the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts at the SRC Armagh Campus.

THOUSANDS of school pupils from hundreds of schools across Northern Ireland have signed up to take part and ‘virtually attend’ what could be the region’s biggest ever Christmas pantomime this year as part of a timely and social distanced entertainment initiative led by Southern Regional College.

With many traditional school Christmas plays paused this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a boldly creative team in performing arts, music, media, art, hair and beauty from Southern Regional College in Armagh have come together to present the college’s first ever online pantomime with an exciting new take on Beauty and the Beast.

The original cast is made up of more than 27 local students from Southern Regional College but video contributions from primary, secondary and special schools right across Northern Ireland are now being included in this special one-off production that will safely unite pupils, staff and parents in a festive online interactive extravaganza.

Up to 500 primary, secondary and special schools – with more than 20,000 students and staff – have already signed up to safely view the live-streamed production from classrooms and homes across Northern Ireland.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support and interest shown in this new first-time virtual production which we’re delighted to share with so many children in schools, hospitals, hospices and in care settings as part of a special Christmas treat which we hope everyone will enjoy,” Teresa McBride, SRC Performing Arts Course Coordinator, said.

“Combining all our talent, skills and training in performing arts, music, media, art, hair and beauty into one dazzling digital production which can be safely shared and enjoyed across Northern Ireland and beyond is a real treat and we’re delighted to be including contributions from schools right across the region which we’ll be showcasing as part of this interactive spectacle.”


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