MORE than 150 disabled or disadvantaged children were treated to a special performance of the Kenton Theatre’s pantomime.
They were invited to the matinée performance of Aladdin, starring James Clifford and Rochelle Parry, by the Oxfordshire Provincial Grand Lodge of the Freemasons which bought all the seats.
The children sang carols and were entertained by Bertie Slippers before the show, were served ice cream during the interval and received a goodie bag containing chocolate, toys and colouring pens from Father Christmas at the end.
Organiser and freemason Graham Ellis said: “The idea was that we would hire a theatre for a performance of a pantomime, bring all the children and give them a good time.
“It’s the first year we have done it but hopefully it will become a long-term thing. The goodwill from people in the community has been great — everyone has supported us.” The children came from the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley, Helen and Douglas House, Bishopswood Special School, Mabel Pritchard School, Woodbridge Park School, Woodeaton Manor, Footsteps, Wycombe Women’s Aid and Rainbow.
Fazer Mossman, seven, who attends Footsteps in Dorchester, said: “I really enjoyed it. My favourite character was Abanazer because he had a really evil laugh. Also, when he rubbed his ring the genie appeared and I’m not sure how they did that.”
Wendy Bowsher, managing director of the Kenton, said: “Seeing these special children happy is what it’s all about.”
The event was sponsored by Beechdean, Regatta, who donated fleeces to volunteers, Beechdean Dairies and Barry Callebaut.