Pupils’ musical dream

England Lane Primary School pruduction of Annie
England Lane Primary School pruduction of Annie
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TINY stars at a Knottingley school – who spent years raising cash to put on a theatre production – celebrated their hard work with a dazzling musical performance.

Pupils from England Lane Primary School performed their production of Annie for parents and staff this week after raising £2,000 to buy a PA system and microphones.

The school’s choir, Singing Stars, sang at Moto Service station in Ferrybridge over the last two years to raise the cash for the expensive equipment.

Liz Axup, the England Lane School’s music teacher, said: “It’s at least eight years since a production has been put on but this year we’ve been able to purchase the microphones to be able to do it.

“In previous years, the school borrowed microphones from Pontefract scouts and guides gang show, until they became unavailable.

“There’s been a real buzz throughout school, the children were acting like it’s Christmas they were so excited.

“They worked so hard and I am unbelievably proud of what they have achieved. We started rehearsing after the SATS exams so they’ve prepared everything in six weeks, it’s a phenomenal achievement.”

Around 40 children from years three to six performed in the show, painted scenery, made props and choreographed dance routines for the songs.

The school added to children’s fundraising total to cover the cost of the stage, materials and props.

Proud parents and staff watched the hard work of the young stars during two performances on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

Mrs Axup added: “The show was absolutely fabulous and the children said that they felt so good when they heard everyone cheering for them.

“It is a great achievement for the pupils because they have really taken ownership of the production and they are extremely proud of what they have achieved.

“There’s no stopping us now and the children are already talking about what they’d like to perform next year!”