Barkingside’s Make Believe wow proud parents with panto

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 December 2014

Barkingside's Make Believe Panto

Barkingside's Make Believe Panto


The stars of Barkingside’s Make Believe performing arts company took part in their Christmas pantomime last week.

Oh no they didn’t!

Oh yes they did and they wowed an audience of proud parents at Caterham High School in Caterham Avenue, Ilford, on Thursday night.

The school, run by Emma and Kelly Murphy, teaches singing, dancing and acting to its students every week and work towards big productions each term.

This year’s panto tackled the classic tale of Cinderella, with 11-year-old Lily Jackson taking on the lead role and Ben Matthews, also 11, as Prince Charming alongside her.

Emma Murphy said: “They were both fantastic and were well appreciated by the audience.”

Darren Leroy was praised for his portrayal of the nice-but-dim butler Buttons.

Kelly added: “His comic timing is exceptional, especially for someone of his age – he had the audience in fits of laughter.”

The infant class, which consists of little performers aged three to five, remained highly professional and remembered every move of their dance routines.

Emma said: “Across the whole board the routines were polished and the singing echoed around the hall.”

Make Believe was founded in 2004 and has 40 schools across London.

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