HAVING fun with friends and family is something every youngster wants to do over the holidays.
And this week, a group of special-needs children had the chance to do just that at a drama workshop.
The youngsters, aged eight to 13, were taking part in a three-day Myth, Magic and Mystery workshop at the Hillside and Wymering Centre in Paulsgrove.
Skye Parker, nine, enjoyed every minute of the workshop.
She said: ‘My favourite part has been all of it!
‘I played a princess in one of the plays and then I was a chocolate troll, who turned into a chocolate puddle.’
Eva-Marie Parker, 11, said: ‘It’s been fun and fantastic learning all these things.
‘I like the acting. I was a witch and had to burst into skittles.’
Nicola Dereham is creative director at Roots and Wings Theatre.
She led the drama sessions along with volunteers from the centre and staff from Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal.
Ms Dereham said: ‘It’s great for the children to be able to experience a little bit of the theatre.
‘It allows them to make new friends, build their confidence and explore their imagination.’
The youngsters recreated classic tales including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Frozen and Star Wars.
The workshop finished with a performance in front of family members yesterday afternoon.
From Monday to Friday next week, the Hillside and Wymering Centre will have dance workshops based on Michael Jackson’s classic routine from the hit song Thriller.
The workshops will run from 10am to 3.30pm and are suited to children aged five to 15.
Youngsters taking part will be able to create their own routines with the guidance of dancers from the SouthZone Dance Academy.
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