Gravesend panto stars wowed by pupil’s art

PUBLISHED: 16:30 15 December 2010 | UPDATED: 16:57 15 December 2010

Queen of Clean Kim Woodburn with the winning entry in the best use of materials category from Kings Farm Primary School

Queen of Clean Kim Woodburn with the winning entry in the best use of materials category from Kings Farm Primary School


The stars of this year’s Christmas pantomime have been blown away by the quality of work produced by some of the borough’s youngest budding artists.

Queen of clean Kim Woodburn, who plays the fairy godmother in the Woodville Halls’ production of Cinderella described artwork produced by six primary schools for a dedicated exhibit based on the fairy tale as “wonderful,” while children’s TV’s Christopher Prizzey, who plays Buttons, expressed disbelief it came from artists so young. After much deliberation the pair, joined by comedian Paul James, baddie Baron Hardup and the bell of the ball herself, young actress Chelsie Padley, chose the entry from St John’s Catholic Primary School, named Rags to Riches, as the best entry, with an entry from Kings Farm Primary School taking best use of materials.

“They are all so good, it is a shame we can only pick one winner,” said Mr Prizzey.

“This really stands out because of the intricate detail,” said Miss Padley of the St John’s entry. This one is amazing because the materials used for the ponies looks exactly like what we are using in the show - it is wonderful,” said Ms Woodburn of the Kings Farm winner.

The winners will get free tickets to the show, which opened last nigh. All the entries will be on display to the public in the new gallery on the lower ground hall of the civic centre until January 3.

Other entries came from Lawn Primary, Painters Ash Primary and Rosherville Primary The competition was first launched last year, also won by St John’s Catholic Primary School.

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