Moreton Hall’s Schools Creative Arts programme continues to go from strength to strength with pupils from Selattyn Primary School delivering a condensed 15 minute performance of ‘The Wizard of Oz’.
Following a range of warm-up activities with compulsory audience participation, the performance began. Dorothy followed the yellow brick road to meet Scarecrow and Tin Man. The students danced, acted and sang with aplomb, bringing to life a journey over the rainbow.
Drama teacher at Moreton, Michael Jenkins, who has been working with Selattyn Primary School enthused: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Selattyn School this term. They have learned a great deal and developed a range of performance skills.
“Our Schools Creative Arts Programme provides local schools with a unique opportunity to have lessons with industry professionals. It is clear from parent feedback that the programme is enjoyed by students and valued by parents.”
His comments were reinforced by parent, Mrs Aplin, who added: “My son has really enjoyed the rehearsals and the performance. It has helped him with his confidence. He was nervous before it started and by the end, he was saying, ‘You must come to watch me.’”
Head of Selattyn Primary School, Ms Morgan commented on the benefits of the arts outreach programme, noting that through acting the pupils “develop self-esteem, listening skills, feelings of collaboration. It gives different people a chance to shine.”
She went on to thank the staff at Moreton Hall, Michael Jenkins and Music teacher Ellie Diack for the “charismatic energy that transfers to the children.”