Pupils transformed into colourful characters

Pictured top to bottom is Amy Porter, Leti Ellis-Gray and Harry Sutherland
Pictured top to bottom is Amy Porter, Leti Ellis-Gray and Harry Sutherland
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THIS Thornton school was transformed into Wonderland for a magical week as Alice and her friends followed the White Rabbit.

Sacred Heart pupils swapped their uniforms for some mad hats and rabbit ears and grinned like Cheshire cats as they performed Lewis Carroll’s much loved tale on the school stage.

From encounters with Tweedledum and Tweedledee, The Queen of Hearts and the Mad March Hare – an audience of parents were spellbound with what they saw.

Paul Eaton, headteacher at the Heys Street school, said: “This really was a magical school show, one of our governors said it was the best they’d ever seen. We also had a standing ovation from parents who came to see it, it really was fantastic.

“I was very proud of all the children who worked so hard to learn the songs and the lines. It was wonderful to see some of them really coming out of their shells and discovering their talents in acting and singing.

“We just hope we can keep the magic going as we plan to put on The Wizard of Oz next year.”

School staff and parents worked around the clock to ensure everybody was in suitable costume for the show.

An army of brightly-painted playing guard servants helped set the vibrant scene on the stage.

Teacher Stephanie Darville said she was delighted with the children.

She added: “Alice in Wonderland has all the key ingredients for a school production, it is a classic tale full of fantasy, fun and literature’s most colourful characters.

“It is the hard work of the children which has really brought the story to life however.

“The whole school has been involved, putting their own stamp on everything from the script to the costumes.

“They proved they have the commitment, creativity and confidence which we encourage in all aspects of school life.”