Kildare kids in Helix panto

A group of Leixlip schoolkids are getting ready to make their dream theatrical breakthroughs in Beauty and the Beast at the Helix on November 30 having survived the rigours of Ireland’s only Panto Boot Camp.

A group of Leixlip schoolkids are getting ready to make their dream theatrical breakthroughs in Beauty and the Beast at the Helix on November 30 having survived the rigours of Ireland’s only Panto Boot Camp.

200 young hopefuls were put through their paces at Ireland and the UK’s only panto boot camp in Dublin this summer – organised by Leixlip’s own Claire Tighe.

Their lessons included singing, dancing and the art of pantomime but only the top talent made it through for a place to perform in the Helix, home of the capital’s best produced traditional pantomime.

“It’s been amazing and really good fun. We’ve learned loads of new dances and songs,” said Luke Cummins aged 10 from Rye River Close in Leixlip, who attends the local Gaelscoil.

The county Kildare-based youngsters are among a talented bunch of 32 children aged seven to twelve, and 12 teenagers, who have made the grade from panto boot camp.They will take to the stage for a six week run in Beauty and the Beast at the Helix starting on November 30th and finishing on January 13th.

“There is a limit to the amount of time children can perform on stage. So our child star crew of 44 is divided into teams of four and eight. All of them will appear in a selection of shows over the six week period,” explained the panto’s writer/producer Claire Tighe. Claire, from Glen Easton Crescent, organised the panto boot camp at the Helix aimed at sourcing the kids with the best pantomime panache.