Hol­i­day drama scheme is a suc­cess with pri­mary pupils

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PREST­BURY Pri­mary School pupils were stars for the day when they per­formed clas­sic fairy­tale Snow White.

The per­for­mance was the cul­mi­na­tion of a new hol­i­day drama scheme run by Claire Beresford, a for­mer teacher at the school.

The show was one of many planned by the drama en­thu­si­ast, who now runs her own com­pany, Was­sadamo, which is an acro­nym of a quote from Shake­speare’s The Tem­pest: ‘We are such stuff as dreams are made on’.

She said: “I was re­ally proud of all the pupils and they were all very proud of them­selves.

“My magic mo­ments have been see­ing their con­fi­dence grow.”

She added: “The au­di­ence were all fam­ily and friends and very sup­port­ive. The re­sponse was won­der­ful for the chil­dren.”

Claire’s own fam­ily stepped in to help too, with son Ja­cob, 13, and daugh­ter El­iza, 18, play­ing the roles of prince and nar­ra­tor. El­iza, a pupil at Fal­li­b­roome sixth form, also lent a hand with the di­rect­ing and chore­ograph­ing, along with A-level dance pupil Sam Ashall.

The small cast of pupils dou­bled up as more than one char­ac­ter and mu­si­cian Ben Beer pro­vided the mu­sic, with Matilda Beat­tie, who played Snow White, per­form­ing her own solo.

The per­for­mance also kept Claire on her toes when the queen, played by Maisie Jones , for­got her ‘heart’ at a cru­cial mo­ment.

Claire said: “The queen for­got her ‘heart’ aka a red pep­per and was taken aback when she had to say ‘ be­hold her heart’ and hold her hand up. I called out... Where is it? And she found it.”

Claire also stepped in swiftly to pro­tect the queen’s mod­esty. She laughed: “At one point af­ter a change, Maisie came back on with her queens dress tucked right up at the back and I had to reach up and pull it down.”

At the end of the show Claire’s son Ja­cob gave each of his lead­ing ladies a red rose and choco­late, along with cer­tifi­cates for out­stand­ing per­for­mance.

The group then did a se­cond per­for­mance for the whole school.

Beauty and the Beast is the next show on the agenda at half-term, with the next hol­i­day scheme at the school also tak­ing place then, work­ing to­wards ‘All about Matilda’, a show with an orig­i­nal script.

Claire will also be­gin a drama group at Fal­li­b­roome High School af­ter half-term on Mon­day evenings ahead of a per­for­mance of Oliver there. She said: “It’s all very ex­cit­ing!”

For drama scheme de­tails email claire@ was­sadamod­rama.com or call 07496 374446.

●● Left: Ja­cob Beresford as the prince in Snow White at Prest­bury Pri­mary School. Above: Maisie Jones as the queen and Char­lotte Jarvis as the mir­ror on stage dur­ing the show

●● Hugo KayWhite­head, Max Don­ald­son, Sophie Nolan and Elsa Dug­dale en­joy­ing their Space pro­ject at Prest­bury Day Nurs­ery

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