It might well be an early treat from Santa, but they certainly deserve the gifts. Kong Chi-hang of Jockey Club Government Secondary Technical School, Bonnie Chan Oi-yeung of St Paul's Co-Educational College and Theo Hilton of Shatin Junior School have swept the top prizes in this year's Operation Santa Claus Painting Competition, winning a set of early Christmas presents. The three winners will be awarded painting sets (Cotman Watercolour outline Sets, Cotman Introductory Set 12 ? 8ml, Cotman Introductory Set 18 ? 8ml) donated by Windsor and Newton, drama group Hong Kong Players' T-shirts and tickets to their upcoming pantomime. The winning piece will be used as the front cover of the pantomime programme. WINNER Kong Chi-hang said Kevin Costner was Robin Hood, and that was how he snatched the top prize in the painting competition. However, the talented young artist might change his mind after watching the upcoming pantomime Robin Hood Meets the Babes to be performed by the Hong Kong Players next month. There will be no Kevin Costner - no macho man to play the gallant hero with the bow and arrow. Instead a female actor will play the leading role in the Christmas show, together with dozens of characters from different stories. And audiences will love it - not only Robin Hood and her sweetheart Maid Marion, but the characters from other tales and nursery rhymes who will appear on stage. Even those watching off stage could play a part in the Christmas pantomine. Call it a blend, a cocktail, or even a fruit salad. It is just an occasion during the festive season to have some fun. 'It is a family show with jokes for children and adults that everyone enjoys,' said actor Antony Michelle, who plays the character of Simple Simon in the pantomine. 'It is a mix of characters in a new story with old jokes,' Michelle said. Set up in 1991, the Hong Kong Players was formed by the merger of two well-known drama troupes - established in the 1940s - the Garrison Players and the Hong Kong Stage Club. The drama group holds several performances each year including an annual Christmas pantomine aimed at providing local audiences with a taste of some British festive flavour. 'Pantomime is a British tradition. It started hundreds of years ago. 'Audiences do not just sit and watch but get very involved shouting responses to the stage,' Michelle said. Though performing in English, Michelle believed the drama would not pose a language barrier for local youngsters. 'The language is very basic as it is designed for children. Some jokes do play on words, but the whole thing is very visual and colourful,' he said. The pantomime will run at Shouson Theatre from December 7 to 16, with matinees on December 9, 10 and 16.