Perse Prep pupils celebrate Christmas on stage
8 Dec 2021
Year 4 pupils entertained a delighted audience with an imaginative retelling of the story of Robin Hood for their Christmas production.
Written by Nick Perrin and adapted by Perse Prep Head of Drama Jules Reston, the children enjoyed dramatising the classic story of heroism and the triumph of good over evil.
Rousing singing and dancing captured the spirit of Robin Hood and his friends in their resistance to the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Wonderful teamwork and camaraderie characterised the inclusive production, which encouraged children to develop confidence on stage and in front of an audience.
The play culminated in an exciting archery tournament, the return of Richard the Lionheart and the marriage of Robin and Marian. The final song captured the joyous victory of freedom from the rule of the Sheriff and the children enjoyed showing off their rock ‘n’ roll dance moves.
Unfortunately, Year 3 were unable to stage their festive production The Christmas Play…Again! in front of a live audience.
However, they put their all into rehearsals for the play, written by Prep librarian Ros West, which provided a heart-warming insight into the trials and tribulations of a school drama department with classic carols and a sprinkling of festive cheer.
The show gave a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the development process of a school’s annual festive play, in which the tired teachers attempt to recreate the magic of Christmas. With a little help from the children, anything is possible…
The play wove together the first Christmas story, a wintery tale and the significance of the Victorians in shaping Christmas. It celebrated the importance of family, friendship and kindness as well as considering the significance of other religious festivals. It culminated in a joyous finale of singing and dancing to We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
Meanwhile, Prep children across all year groups were given the chance to display their musical talents with a special end-of-term Michaelmas Concert in the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre at the Upper.
An impressive array of ensembles, groups and orchestras took to the stage with delightful and uplifting performances of contemporary and classical pieces.