Pupils at a village primary school wowed audiences this week after they took to the stage to perform a double-bill of their special Christmas production.
Key stage one pupils at Tibberton CE Primary School stepped out into the spotlight on Tuesday to perform their version of ‘Operation Christmas’ – a playscript owned by the National Theatre.
The performance to parents, grandparents and carers followed weeks of preparation by teachers Rachel Wright and Louise Gregory who have been undergoing training with the National Theatre through the Let’s Play programme, which aims to support schools to produce high-quality productions.
The school was accepted onto the schemes, which gives teachers access to specially commissioned scripts and music, after successfully bidding for a bursary.
Headteacher Helen Osterfield praised the hard work of staff and pupils and said it was very exciting for the school to be working alongside the National Theatre.
She said: “It has been absolutely fantastic for our teachers to access this training and bring new skills to the classroom and stage.
“There has been lots of excitement in the lead up to this year’s Christmas production and we have all been looking forward to sharing it with parents, grandparents and carers.
“The children were absolutely brilliant delivering not just one but two performances on Tuesday and they did so with bundles of energy and lots of smiles. I’m extremely proud of them all.
“Every year I am amazed how hard everyone works to create such a wonderful Christmas production but this year they really have gone that extra mile.
“The training has really helped to enhance understanding of the creative process and the teachers involved have been able to pass these skills onto the children which is just wonderful.”
Next year, teachers will undergo further training with the National Theatre and key stage two pupils will get a chance to perform their production in the summer term.