The colourful spectacle of ‘Alice: A Musical Fantasy’ took place at Talbot Heath School this week. The sell-out performances featured a cast of over one hundred and fifteen Junior school pupils, aged between seven and eleven years old. Directed by the Junior Head, Karen Leahy and the Deputy, Jakki Rook, the play featured fantastical flowers and singing mushrooms; a menagerie of talking animals which included hedgehogs, flamingos and sea creatures, as well as a whole pack of marching, talking cards. Additional music was written by Gaynor Walrond and the whole Junior Department team worked tirelessly to organise scenery, props and sumptuous costumes, as well as marshalling the eager, talented children. Alice was expertly performed by Grace Webb and the soloists equally superb in their confident delivery of their lines and songs.
Mrs Rook stated how proud she was of all of the girls, emphasising how each and every member of the cast was important, and how ‘the children learnt that through collaborative working, that no matter what part they played, each and every participant was valued and mattered to the success of the whole production. ‘
From the very first rehearsal, to the last lines of the finale songs, they gave of their best and were a credit to their school, their family and, most importantly, to themselves.