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It's Showtime!

Oliver! December 2018


Our juniors have once again raised the roof at St. Mary's Hall with their rousing rendition of the classic tale of 'Oliver!'.  Two sold-out shows were performed on Monday 10th and Friday 14th December.


Performing Arts is a key part of our broad and balanced curriculum and gives children the opportunity to take part in all stages of preparing a production, from making props and costumes to learning complex lyrics and choreographing dance routines. This enriching experience has a highly positive impact on children’s learning across all areas of the curriculum, promoting confidence, persistence, organisation, getting along skills and emotional resilience: crucial life skills.


During their preparations for this ambitious production, children studied life in Victorian England for children of their age and also received the visit of the Arty-Fact Theatre Co. who performed their own ‘Oliver Twist’ for the whole school.


As always with Edisford productions, parents and other family members were bursting with pride to see the poise, vitality and sheer talent demonstrated by the cast.


Special guests at Monday’s performance were: retired Edisford Deputy Headteacher, David Edmondson; Councillor Sue Hind of Edisford and Low Moor Ward; Claire Marsden of Johnson Matthey; Reverend Catherine Hale-Heighway of St. Paul’s Church and Noel Hodgson, Edisford Governor. The Hon. Pam Downson, Mayor of Clitheroe attended Friday’s performance as a special guest.


A vote of thanks was given by Headteacher, Rob Pye, to all members of the staff team who worked with the children to bring the performance to life. Thanks were also expressed to the team at St. Mary’s Hall for all of their support and expertise.


The slide show below gives a flavour of the vibrancy of their performance.

Children from Reception to Year 6 were treated to a fabulous performance of 'Oliver Twist' when the Arty-Fact Theatre Co, a touring theatre company, visited school on 11th December. 


The performance was particularly appreciated by junior children as they are currently performing Oliver! for their Christmas show at St Mary's Centre.  All were enthused and inspired by the sheer versatility of this impressive two-person company!  Audience participation was much encouraged - to the children's delight!

As part of their research into life in Victorian times, Year 5 children have produced some stunning and sensitive artwork depicting the very characters they have been playing in our Oliver! performance.
Children in Year 3 have produced some beautiful 'It's Showtime' work.