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Aladdin antics big hit with children; Yourpanto.

HUNDREDS of disadvantaged children across the city enjoyed pantomime Aladdin thanks to Coventry Freemasons.

The show, produced and performed by professional theatre company Chaplins, was held for its third year at the Standard Triumph Club in Herald Avenue who provided all their facilities free of charge.

A total of 485 children plus 173 careers and helpers attended the event from 12 of Coventry's special schools.

Terry's Coaches provided transport at a reduced price to help transport the children to the morning and afternoon performances on December 4. Michael Morris, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of the Warwickshire Freemasons, and Coventry's Lord Mayor Councillor Gary Crookes introduced the show assisted by modern day Lady Godiva, Pru Porreta.

Coventry Freemason and magician Peter Astfalck, helped by Barrie Radcliffe and Santa's little elves, kept the children entertained between the show performances.

Children and their careers each received a goody bag from Santa and his helper at the end of each performance.

Coun Crookes said: "It was a very colourful and happy event and an excellent example of the tremendous amount of support Freemasons give to their local communities.

"This event demonstrates the range of voluntary community support provided by so many individuals and Coventry based Freemasons, without whose help the pantomime for these children could not have achieved such a fantastic result."

Pupils and teachers wrote letters of thanks to the Coventry Freemasons afterwards.

Pupil Elizabeth, from Willenhall Primary School, said: "My favourite character was Widow Twanky because she is so funny."

Fellow pupil Trinity said: "I enjoyed the princess when she got married to Aladdin. I thought Wishy Washy was funny because she sang funny songs. I loved the yellow ghost and the food."

Ian Adshead, from Wood-field School, said: "All of our boys had a really enjoyable time.

"The pantomime was most entertaining, as were the balloon making men."

Mandy Hatton, deputy headteacher at Tiverton School, said: "The children thoroughly enjoyed it and so did the staff. We were amazed at how well our children engaged with the pantomime."
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 23, 2013
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