Shooting Star Entertainments was created by Kate Maunder in 2007 to produce touring pantomimes for schools. Kate was joined by a team of professional actors with similar interests, most of whom are still involved with the company.
We pride ouselves on having a strong team ethic and, whether new or ‘old hands’, all our performers have an input to the final production, to make the most of their talents for the enjoyment of our audiences.
Over the last 12 years we have gone from strength to strength and now offer our touring pantomimes for schools, clubs, community centres and businesses across England, alongside a wide range of thematic children’s shows. Each year we entertain thousands of children in hundreds of venues and we are delighted that over 90% of our customers re-book from year to year.
Kate Maunder – Owner & Director
Kate’s love of theatre and performing began in Primary school with a show about Firework Safety. This led to a close involvement with the local Am-Dram company which continued for many years.
After formal drama education Kate toured with several theatre companies following which she was the lead entertainer with her own Cabaret at a large holiday park.
After her first child was born, Kate found that mixing touring with family life became increasingly tricky and she seized the opportunity to create Shooting Star Entertainments. Initially focusing on touring pantomimes for schools in the South East, the company has grown to offer shows across the length and breadth of England.
Kate is involved with every aspect of the company. She loves working with a great team of professional actors and is very proud that she is able to spread the love of theatre to children.
Andrea Dalton – Tour Coordinator
Andrea joined Shooting Star Entertainments in 2011 as Technician for the first “Dick Whittington” tour, then moved straight into a Theatre in Education (TIE) tour and has not been able to escape since! She tour manages and performs in many shows, writes the TIE scripts, directs productions, organises castings and other admin, and most importantly, makes the tea!
Having trained as a Primary school teacher, Andrea holds an Associate Diploma in teaching Performing Arts (Distinction). Alongside SSE work and currently teaches at 2 theatre schools, chaperones for the BBC and other companies. She also produces an annual community pantomime and enjoys a wide variety of roles in local plays.
Andrea has always loved the theatre, performing, and working with children. Shooting Star Entertainments ticks all those boxes! SSE offers a wide range of experience, some huge challenges, and lots and lots of giggles!
Corinne Hewitt – Tour Coordinator
After many years of amateur dramatics and working in Nurseries, Corinne qualified for a BEd – Early Years Education with a minor in Performing Arts. Since qualifying, Corinne has taught in Preschool, Reception, and year one. She has also had a varied career teaching in an ASD speciality centre, teenagers in Pupil Referral Units and Secure Units and even adults with learning disabilities.
For the past seven years, while also working with Children and Young People in Care, Corinne has been working part time with Shooting Star Entertainments, touring with Santa and taking the bookings. She has now joined us full time to work in all areas of the Shooting Stars Team, with a particular focus on our Early Years shows. Corinne is always looking for new show ideas or ways to make our shows even better so please get in touch with Corinne for all your ideas, feedback and questions about our range of shows for children 5 and under.
What Makes Us Special
We offer traditional touring pantomimes with all the trappings, slapstick, songs, dancing and audience participation that you would expect from a theatre. We also have new and ground-breaking children’s shows related to topical aspects of the modern curriculum.
Unlike some other theatre companies, we We pride ourselves on our flexibility and are happy to discuss tailoring any of our shows to meet your needs.
Our teams of professional, talented and enthusiastic actors and technicians will give you and your children a special and memorable experience.
Panto Rehearsals Have Started
Everything is ready – scripts are finalised, dances and songs prepared and we have some of the worst jokes you are ever likely to hear! Our fantastic team of talented actors are now rehearsing – we are sooo excited!
Anti-Bullying Shows a Great Success
Our Anti-Bullying/Internet Safety Shows are a great success this year. With more bookings than ever we have had great audience experiences and are receiving top marks in feedback.
2018 – Our Best Year Yet!
What a fantastic season. We put out a record-breaking number of shows and our re-booking rate is substantially higher than 2018 (which was also a record year). We are delighted to be able to return to so many venues where our shows have been enjoyed by thousands of happy children.
On The BBC
In late 2017 we were delighted to assist The One Show with a Panto Special.
We are excited to offer selected schools a FREE SHOW in support of their chosen charity – if you would like to nominate your school & charity please see our :-
Aladdin Performed for Kings College Hospital
As part of our ongoing support for charities we performed Aladdin for children and their parents.
Search for Santa Performed for Ronald McDonald House
This charity provides support for families with sick children – it is a very special place to perform!
We are delighted to now be Associate Members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance
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“All children were very engaged and loved it. Great sets and sound effects and costumes.” – Kinsdown & Ringwold Primary School – 2017