Our Leicester based fostering team invited hundreds of disadvantaged children across the Midlands to enjoy a pantomime performance of Beauty and the Beast in Wigston in January.

Capstone Foster Care in Leicester sponsored the show performed by SWM Theatre Company and arranged an exclusive opening night performance for looked after and vulnerable children to attend free of charge.

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Members of the production and cast on the left, with Capstone CEO and staff on the right

Mel Draper, who directed the pantomime, is a foster carer, supported by Capstone and has been working since last summer to get the production ready. A young person she fosters is also starring in the pantomime. Mel said:

“I was thrilled when my fostering organisation volunteered to sponsor the show. A youngster we support has taken part this year and has really enjoyed the experience of channeling his energy into rehearsals and performances. All I wanted to do was make a difference for him. It was an amazing opportunity to put a night on for other children in Leicester and make a difference for them too”.

Children and foster carers from Capstone’s midlands region, and young people supported by Leicestershire County Council, Jay Fostering, Memphys and Horizon Care too were invited to the performance.

Dave Needle, Senior Practitioner at Capstone Foster Care said:

“It was a pleasure to sponsor the production. It was a fantastic opportunity to bring together the fostering community of Leicestershire. Our goal was to give something back, for the kids to enjoy, together”.

The show is running for the public from 14th – 16th January at Wigston College Theatre and tickets are £9 each or £29.50 for a family of 4.

Capstone Foster Care is an independent fostering agency with an office based at the Beaumont Enterprise Centre in Leicester. Capstone’s team in the Midlands supports over 100 fostering families, for more information about fostering please call 0116 373 7277.

SWM Theatre Company normally produce two shows each year, a musical in the summer and a pantomime around Christmas time. They perform at Wigston College, previously known as Guthlaxton College, in South Wigston. For tickets please call 0116 299 3256.

Beauty and the best cast web

The cast of the show with birth children, Freya and Rain White

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