This week saw the culmination of a lot of heard work from the Expressive Arts team and almost 90 students in the cast, crew and orchestra! The ensemble performed to six primary schools on Monday and Tuesday matinees and then twice for friends and family on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. There was even a special appearance by members of staff, including Ms Cole! It was different to previous years in that the performance was designed as a showcase of pieces all linked together by a narrator and the main character.
The Little Match Girl is set on a cold New Year’s eve in the Victorian era and tells the story of a poor, young girl trying to sell matches in the street. She is already shivering from the cold and early hypothermia, and she is walking barefoot having lost her slippers as they were too large. Still, she is too afraid to go home, because her father will beat her for not selling any matches. The girl lights the matches to warm herself. In their glow she sees several lovely visions of things she wishes would be true.
The students brought to life the visions of the little girl and the audience was transfixed by the music, dance and drama. Thank you to Ms Griffiths for directing and producing the fabulous production this year.
The performance was excellent and it was an absolute delight for us to see some former pupils taking to the stage to act, dance and sing. I thought it was incredible what you had got the orchestra to do in such a short amount of time. A real credit to the work the school is putting in!
Music teacher at Thomas Abney Primary School