Panto season is a time to get swept up in the magic, and as with all good fairy tales, wishes do come true.
Milton Keynes Theatre made one man’s dreams a reality during their relaxed performance of Cinderella yesterday (Wed) when MK Snap adult learner, Simon Hellings, took to the stage for a starring cameo alongside Brian Conley and Gok Wan.
Caroline French, head of learners services at MK Snap said: ‘It’s a dream come true for Simon.’
Simon has always had a great love for musicals, and is a frequent visitor at the theatre in Milton Keynes. He is always popping in at any opportunity to pick up leaflets and say hello to the staff.
‘Relaxed Performances’ are specifically designed to welcome young people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder into theatres to give those who otherwise might feel excluded the chance to experience live theatre. They have a less formal atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety levels.
Live theatre is something special. It doesn’t matter how old or how young you are; it doesn’t matter how impressive the venue or how big the cast and it really doesn’t matter at all how many times you’ve been to the theatre before. If the show you’re watching takes you into another world and makes you forget about everything else, then you become part of a magical journey that’s like nothing else you will experience. Everybody should have that chance.
Currently celebrating their 25th year, MK Snap is a charity offering professional support, training, education, life skills, work and opportunities for individuals aged 16+ with learning difficulties.
The staff ensures that both learners and employers are well supported to achieve the goals they would like to achieve.
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