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CHILDREN have had a taste of life treading the boards after a star from the pantomime at the Kings Theatre came to their school.

Christopher Marlowe paid a visit to Manor Infant School in Fratton yesterday.

THERE'S NOTHING LIKE A DAME From left, Michal Galic, Teigan Lewis, Monet Quinnell, Ester Fregene, Christopher Marlowe, Millie Huggett, Hope Coward and Mason Lord at Manor Infant School. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133171-551)

THERE'S NOTHING LIKE A DAME From left, Michal Galic, Teigan Lewis, Monet Quinnell, Ester Fregene, Christopher Marlowe, Millie Huggett, Hope Coward and Mason Lord at Manor Infant School. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133171-551)

He spent time talking to children about being an actor and answered questions.

Year 2 children have been studying the topic ‘Once upon a time’ and now have the task of making their own pantomime characters and performing a pantomime.

Christopher, who is playing Queen Gertie the Gorgeous at the theatre’s production of Sleeping Beauty this Christmas said: ‘It’s important for children to see 
live performers close up and 
not just see things on the television.

‘It’s great contact with them especially when they respond.

‘Children are our next generation of audience in the theatre so give them as much live performance as possible and hopefully they’ll take to it.

‘They were lovely today – lots of lovely questions and lots of silly questions.

‘They can’t understand why a gentleman of a certain age dresses like this but I told them it’s fun to be silly and it’s a walking cartoon.’

Sandra Smith, marketing manager at the Kings Theatre, said: ‘It’s amazing.

‘He’s doing it because he realises how important it is to the children.

‘These are the future audience. For some of these children it’s the first time they have come to the theatre.

‘When they come to the panto they will be prepared. When they see him they are going to be so excited.’

Year 2 teacher Emma Cornish said: ‘This year we are working to raise our writing standards.

‘The best writing the children produce comes from first-hand experiences.

‘They have been extremely excited. Hopefully this will inspire them to get started with the writing.

‘It’s brilliant. He’s given up all of his time.

‘The children have loved it. Their faces just lit up.’