The Wise One of BDA

Burlington Danes tradition dictates that the festive period does not pass without a courageous group of teachers performing for students in Mr Preston’s Christmas panto.

This year’s extravaganza saw an impressive cast of staff, new and old, treading the boards in The Wise One of BDA, an adaptation of The Wizard of Oz.

The whole of Years 7, 8 and 9 flooded the hall on Wednesday afternoon, devastated by the sacrifice of afternoon lessons but thrilled at the prospect of what lay ahead.

In typical BDA fashion, the spectacle was nothing short of outstanding. The audience joined Dorothy and her foul-smelling canine companion, Presto, on a journey from the forest of Shepherd’s Bush, through Burlingtown and Danesville, to the magical White City.

Ms Hitchcock shone as Dorothy and was supported superbly by Mr Goorah, Mr Prout, Mr Dawson and Mr Rowlands-Roberts, as the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Buttons, respectively.

Miss Clancy and Miss Williamson delivered delightfully sinister turns as wicked witches Demerita and Detentia, supported by the grotesque Asbo (Mr Lawrence) and Sourpuss (Ms Bryant), while Ms Fisher was perfect as the Good Fairy.

A host of cameo appearances – including the likes of Mr Rumble as the leader of the unruly BAD Boys, Ms Raveneau as the fantastically vulgar Auntie Pasta, and Dame Sally as the all-knowing Wise One of BDA – completed the excellent ensemble.

Of course, a panto is never quite right without a healthy dose of audience participation, and so the show ended with a harmonious, all-together rendition of that well known Christmas favourite The 12 Days of BDA.

Having penned and directed more than 25 pantos over the years, Mr Preston was particularly pleased with this year’s. “Thanks to everyone who took part and helped make it one of the best shows I’ve ever produced,” he said.