Teachers are ready to tread the boards in community panto

Staff at Barrow Primary School rehearse for their 'Dick Whittington' Panto. ANL-161012-164457001
Staff at Barrow Primary School rehearse for their 'Dick Whittington' Panto. ANL-161012-164457001

Teachers at Barrow Primary School are swapping the classroom for the stage as they prepare to tread the boards in their community panto.

Continuing with a tradition that is now in its third year, staff have been busy rehearsing their musical adaptation of Dick Whittington.

Staff at Barrow Primary School rehearse for their 'Dick Whittington' Panto. Nick Keefe as the cat. ANL-161012-163756001

Staff at Barrow Primary School rehearse for their 'Dick Whittington' Panto. Nick Keefe as the cat. ANL-161012-163756001

The curtain will rise on the fun-filled show at Barrow Village Hall on December 19, 20 and 21 and will bring in funds for the school.

Headteacher Helen Ashe, who plays Alice Fitzwarren, said it sets an example to the children as the teachers are challenging themselves to take on a project ‘outside of their comfort zone’.

She added: “The staff give up an enormous amount of their time to do it and it’s a great team-building activity too.”

The show has been written by deputy headteacher David Barrett, who plays King Rat, with professional actor Mark Denny.

Staff at Barrow Primary School rehearse for their 'Dick Whittington' Panto. ANL-161012-165230001

Staff at Barrow Primary School rehearse for their 'Dick Whittington' Panto. ANL-161012-165230001

Mr Denny has also produced and directed the panto and written the score.

It is sponsored by local businesses Elite Swimming Academy, The Playground, Appleseed Care Farm and Forelock and Load.

Last year’s panto attracted more than 400 people and raised nearly £2,000.

To book tickets, call the school office on 01284 810223.

Staff at Barrow Primary School rehearse for their 'Dick Whittington' Panto. ANL-161012-165319001

Staff at Barrow Primary School rehearse for their 'Dick Whittington' Panto. ANL-161012-165319001