Panto stars put on show for special guests

Published date: 14 January 2014 |
Published by: Robert Doman 
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A PANTOMIME cast welcomed children with life-threatening illnesses to enjoy an exclusive performance.

The Diana Children’s Nursing Service organises the annual event at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, in Mold, to give the children and their families the opportunity to enjoy a day out together.

The service provides community-based nursing and respite care for children with life limiting and life threatening conditions, and volunteers were on hand to ensure the specific needs of individual children were met.

They got to see the rock and roll production of Beauty and the Beast, which has been drawing in visitors from far and wide over the last eight weeks.

Lynn Reynolds, of the Diana Children’s Nursing Service said: “Families absolutely love it when this comes around each year and it is good to see the children enjoying it so much.

“All of the children feel comfortable and we provide equipment, such as hoists, to enable families to take their children somewhere they might not otherwise be able to go.

“Staff who volunteer for us help to make it so worthwhile and we would like to thank all of the people who made donations to help make this happen.”

Children from Claire House Hospice and the Pen Coch special school also attended, and Lynn also thanked McDonalds for their ongoing support and for the provision of some of the refreshments at the event.

The pantomime, which runs until January 25, has been viewed by about 34,000 people since it first took to the stage in November.

It sees the glittering coronation of young Prince Promising interrupted when a wicked witch turns the handsome hero into a horrible beast.

To reverse his fate he must win the heart of Beauty and take her hand in marriage.

Saturday’s showing was reserved exclusively for the Diana Children’s Nursing Service, which has been organising the annual visit with Theatre Clwyd for more than 10 years.

An after-show party for the children and their families saw them joined by members of the cast in their colourful costumes in the theatre’s Clwyd Room.

Children were able to meet their favourite characters and enjoy time with them, having laughed and encouraged their antics on-stage.

Theatre Clwyd spokesman Anthony Timothy said: “Theatre Clwyd is happy to extend every help and support we can for the children and the Diana Children’s Nursing Service.”

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