09:00 Tuesday 24 December 2013

Away in a Manger... Christmas plays across town

Written byJOANNA CRAIG

CHILDREN from all around town took part in their Nativity plays and Christmas performances to celebrate the start of the Yuletide season.

From Tynsel Parkes First School to Thomas Alleyne’s High School, youngsters starred in their annual Christmas plays in front of audiences of admiring parents, teachers and friends.

The time-honoured Christmas Nativity play was performed with a special twist at Smallwood Manor this year, as budding young actors from the Marchington school put on the play A Very Special Time, the story of King Winter, a fictitious monarch who loves the winter, but hates Christmas

Sue Edmonds, the writer of the Smallwood Manor Nativity play said: “Every year the challenge is to deliver the message of Christmas in a slightly different way but the pupils always ensure we achieve that goal.

“Our cast of promising actors and actresses have been a pleasure to direct and creating the performance has been an extremely enjoyable for all involved.”

The Smallwood Manor nursery pupils headed to an adventure farm to take part in a unique interactive nativity with real animals.

The farm provided the children – aged two to four – with a variety of themed costumes relevant to the Nativity story, such as kings, angels and shepherds.

Teenagers from Thomas Alleyne’s High School performed their production Lord of the Flies to a sell-out audience.

Claire Wheildon, head of drama and producer of the show said: “I would like to say how committed and hard-working the cast have been, and that the production wouldn’t be as hard hitting if it weren’t for their talent and dedication.

“Thank you to everyone involved.”

Head teacher, Suzanne O’Farrell said: “It was fantastic to see the energy and talent of the students who were thoroughly enjoying themselves in this exceptional performance.”

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