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Fairytales come to life at park.

VISITORS to a Teesside park were treated to the unusual sight of characters from much-loved fairytales.

A cast of 23 performance, dance and media students from Teesside University recreated a selection of tales from the Brothers Grimm for a series of free performances in Middlesbrough's Albert Park.

They performed Hansel and Gretel, Bearskin, Rumpelstiltskin and Little Red Riding Hood.

Fine art students created set designs and perfected the cast members' elaborate make-up.

Performances were held over three days, with each starting at the park's skating rink, before progressing through the park to the fountain.

The free shows were aimed at children aged five to 10, although they also appealed to others over 10.

Sarah O'Brien, programme leader for the performance for live and recorded media degree course, said: "The students really made the characters their own. Children are the most critical of audiences and are always honest, so it's also provided the students with the best training in live improvisation.

"Performance for live and recorded media is a relatively new programme, so it's a chance for us to make more people aware of it, while also offering an opportunity for the students to share their work with the rest of the community through these free performances."


IN CHARACTER: Clockwise from back left, Chantelle Wilson, Leighanne High, Chris Beckwith, Edward Wilkins, Charlotte Gray and Pamela Harker joined other students to recreate tales from the Brothers Grimm to entertain crowds of youngsters with free performances
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 22, 2010
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