Alice in Wonderland tea party and show a hit with families

Mad Hatter Sam Dunning with Stephanie Lipsham, and Hannah Leworthy. Pictures: Paul Jacobs (143539-3)
Mad Hatter Sam Dunning with Stephanie Lipsham, and Hannah Leworthy. Pictures: Paul Jacobs (143539-3)
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FAMILIES enjoyed singing and dancing at an Alice in Wonderland-themed night.

Children and their parents went along to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Kids – a Portsmouth-based charity.

13/12/14    ''Mad Hatters tea party cystic fibrosis charity fundraiser at the Scarlett Rose School of Dance in Portsmouth L-R Kyle Knight 3, Elliot Lipsham 11, Lee Blackhouse 16 Tweedledee, Charlie Knight 3 and Oakley Marsh 14 Tweedledum''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143539-2) PPP-141213-214512001

13/12/14 ''Mad Hatters tea party cystic fibrosis charity fundraiser at the Scarlett Rose School of Dance in Portsmouth L-R Kyle Knight 3, Elliot Lipsham 11, Lee Blackhouse 16 Tweedledee, Charlie Knight 3 and Oakley Marsh 14 Tweedledum''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143539-2) PPP-141213-214512001

The annual event is normally held in the summer but organiser Becki Short wanted to try something new and make it about Christmas as well as Alice in Wonderland.

During the evening, children got to meet Father Christmas, have their faces painted and enjoy different types of singing, dancing and musical theatre.

Becki, director of OmniArts Performing School, said: ‘For the past three years, we have made this event a family fun day but this year we wanted to do something different.

‘So we held it in the evening and incorporated Christmas as well as the Alice in Wonderland theme.

‘It was great fun with the different singers and dancers. There was lots of variety.’

As well as the performers, the night also had characters from the Lewis Carroll novel including the Mad Hatter and Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

Siblings Morgan and Henry Nixon-Day went along with their parents to watch a friend in the show.

Ten-year-old Morgan said: ‘We came to watch my friend Harry in the show. He dances and we were really excited to see him perform.

‘I liked the Alice in Wonderland theme too. It was fun.’

Singer Stephanie Lipsham was also in the show. She sang Somewhere Only We Know by the band Keane and made famous through Lily Allen’s version on last year’s John Lewis Christmas advert.

The 14-year-old said: ‘I wasn’t nervous before the show because I do singing and dancing all the time.

‘Becki has been my singing teacher for the past six months and that’s how I got involved.’

Proceeds from the night will be going to Cystic Fibrosis Kids.

Becki added: ‘We have always donated to this charity because my brother has cystic fibrosis so I know what’s it like.

‘We just hope to raise as much as possible.’