Crowds entertained at Kings Theatre Children In Need variety show

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Children from schools across Portsmouth perform at the Kings Theatre.  Picture: Sarah Standing (114074-3680)
IN THE SPOTLIGHT Children from schools across Portsmouth perform at the Kings Theatre. Picture: Sarah Standing (114074-3680)

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THERE were plenty of high kicks, head spins and hugs from Pudsey Bear at this year’s Children In Need variety show.

A top line-up of local talent entertained a packed out Kings Theatre, in Albert Road, Southsea, last night.

15/11/2011 (PM) CHILDREN IN NEED KINGS THEATRE''The King's Theatre in Southsea put on a show of entertainment on Tuesday 15th November 2011 to raise money and support Children in Need.''Pictured is: (l-r) Same Difference Sarah and Sean Smith with Ben Claybon who presented the Children in Need show, picking the raffle winners.''Picture: Sarah Standing (114074-68)

15/11/2011 (PM) CHILDREN IN NEED KINGS THEATRE''The King's Theatre in Southsea put on a show of entertainment on Tuesday 15th November 2011 to raise money and support Children in Need.''Pictured is: (l-r) Same Difference Sarah and Sean Smith with Ben Claybon who presented the Children in Need show, picking the raffle winners.''Picture: Sarah Standing (114074-68)

There was also a raffle draw and a chance to see the famous yellow bear.

Jodie Newell, 28, of Methuen Road, Southsea, had brought along sons Charlie Evans, eight, and Harry Newell, two.

She said: ‘This is the first time we have come to this show and it was great.

‘The boys have really enjoyed all the singing and dancing.

‘And the highlight is seeing Pudsey Bear.’

The night was started off by Hampshire band The Playlist.

Lead singer Liz Hubbuck said: ‘It was great to see so many people in the theatre and they were a great audience.

‘We love to perform at the Kings, especially when it’s for an amazing cause like this.’

Performances also came from members of the Portsmouth Music Service, dance group Streetforce DC and Portsmouth singer Sam Jones, aka Dirty Sky Jones.

Theatre star Chris Marlowe and Manic Stage Productions gave an enthralling performance of songs from musical Chicago.

Little Karli Roos, aged six, had come to see the show with dad Deon from Southampton.

She said: ‘I really liked the girls who danced the musical songs because they were all wiggly.’

To make fundraising fun, the theatre had called upon people to think of crazy ways to raise cash.

Pupils from Newbridge Junior School, New Road, Portsmouth, had held an X Factor competition and raised £225.

They presented a cheque to Pudsey bear of the amount on the night.