Exclusive panto performance for special pupils

Some of the children with cast members, Adur East Lions president Gillian Anderson and mascot Jasper
Some of the children with cast members, Adur East Lions president Gillian Anderson and mascot Jasper
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CHILDREN with special needs were able to see a pantomime, thanks to Adur East Lions.

Lighting and sound were adapted for the performance of Sleeping Beauty at the Ropetackle Arts Centre and the children were able to run around and call out.

The special panto performance for Herons Dale Primary School in Shoreham was sponsored by Adur East Lions Club following the success of similar performances for the last two years.

Teresa O’Connell, deputy head at Herons Dale, said: “This sort of occasion is a fabulous time for our parents to get together with other parents and socialise in a relaxed and informal way.

“Our school admits children with a wide range of learning difficulties with associated needs.”

She explained that the producers of Sleeping Beauty provide special lighting and sound, which helps make the show more accessible for the pupils.

The exclusive performance means pupils who need the freedom to move around and call out have the opportunity to do so.

Mrs O’Connell added: “It is these needs that make it difficult and challenging for our parents to take them to a public live performance.”

Lion Richard Behling said 89 people attended the special performance of Sleeping Beauty, which had an 11-day run ending yesterday.

Melissa Young, from Friends of Herons Dale, said: “Great family entertainment, lots of in-jokes for parents, and good Monty Python bits.”

Jonathon Hopkin, chairman of Friends of Herons Dale, added: “Excellent. Thanks to the Lions for organising it, especially liked the cuddly Lion.”