A RUBBISH review might not have been a disaster when a unique pantomime — with pupils as the stars — took to the stage at a Hucknall school.
That was because the panto had a recycling and environmental theme!
The innovative, eco-friendly version of ‘Cinderella’ wowed the audience at Broomhill Junior School on Broomhill Road.
The revamped version of the traditional stage-show was written by Notts County Council’s Schools Waste Action Club (SWAC), which worked with pupils to put on the panto as part of their Christmas celebrations.
SWAC officers helped dozens of Broomhill pupils to prepare, rehearse and perform the show, which was watched by staff and pupils at the end of the school day.
The unusual panto was aimed at addressing the problems caused by the amount of waste households create — and looking at practical ways to take action.
Chief writers were SWAC officers Alice Stechly and Lydia Powles, who created a panto featuring not one Fairy Godmother but three — in the shape of the three Rs of Reduce, Re-use and Recycle.
The trio help Cinderella go to a disco and encourage her to walk to the party to reduce the impact of cars on the environment, re-use items to make her outfit sparkle and grant her wish by making her a pair of recycled shoes.
The panto also featured a Blind Date-style contest where the eco-aware Prince Charming looks for a princess who shares his passion for looking after the environment — unlike the shallow and greedy ugly sisters.
“This was a really fun way for children to remember the message about waste and recycling and how important it is, especially at this time of year,” said Coun Richard Butler (Con), Notts County Council’s lead member for the environment and sustainability.
“It was designed to be fun and motivating and will encourage them to remember the three Rs in the run-up to Christmas — a time when good habits learned throughout the year may be forgotten.”