Morebus get Cinderella to the ball in style

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Go-Ahead Group-owned Morebus teamed up with Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, to help put on a festive show for the local community. The Dorset-based operator made a contribution to production costs, and played a special role in Happy Ever After, a special Covid-secure family show.

Scenetec created this replica bus to carry Cinderella in style. MOREBUS

“We’re thrilled to be involved in this charming story, written and directed by CBeebies’ Chris Jarvis – who appears as Buttons,” said Morebus’ Joe Quinlan. “Usually a panto would take a year to put together, but this talented team has managed to produce the Happy Ever After show in little more than two months.

“It featured a host of favourite pantomime and children’s storybook characters, who come together to help Cinderella get to her next ball. And that’s where we came in. When the star of the show is running late, how is she going to get there? By bus of course!

“Obviously, we couldn’t take one of our full-sized vehicles onto the stage – so we asked local company Scenetec and its team of elves (actually highly skilled theatrical set builders) to make one for us.

“The bus for Lighthouse had to be packed flat and fit inside a long wheelbase van, so had to be a maximum of 4.5 metres. It was also very light, so the cast could move it across the stage. All painted up in Morebus livery it looked just like a real bus. Thanks to Scenetec and its industrious team.”