Magic of Toy Story brought to life at end-of-year show

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one of the most popular children’s films of all time was brought to life at a Southsea school.

Youngsters from St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School performed their own production of Toy Story – the classic tale of a young boy whose toys come to life when he’s not around.

Children from St Swithun's Catholic Primary School in Southsea have been doing their own production of Toy Story.

Children from St Swithun's Catholic Primary School in Southsea have been doing their own production of Toy Story.

It’s part of an annual performance that Year 6 pupils take part in before they move on to secondary school. Year 5 pupils also get heavily involved in the production.

Ron Parker ran the show which featured songs such as Aqua’s Barbie Girl and Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now.

He said: ‘It’s a nice way to end the year. It’s something that they will remember.

‘There are lots of kids who have come back from previous years. They come back to watch it.

‘It’s something they love doing. It’s really good for the less confident kids.

‘This year is the first year we have had all the Year 6 and Year 5 pupils taking part, which is massive for confidence.

‘So many of them say they have joined a drama group because of that.’

The children did several performances at the school both during the day and in the evening, to allow parents, siblings and grandparents to watch.

‘They loved it,’ Mr Parker added.

‘They got better and better. We haven’t had much time to practise.

‘It’s been put together quickly this year.

‘But the confidence is enormous now. It’s lovely to see.

‘The hall was packed. We couldn’t sell any more tickets.’

Year 6 pupil Lily Williams, 11, played the bear Lotso.

She said: ‘It was really good. I got to introduce everyone to Sunnyside.

‘The rehearsals were fun but sometimes they go on for a while. But the teachers make it fun.’

Rosanna Thompson-Whiteside, also 11, played cowgirl Jessie.

She said: ‘Every year we do a Year 6 production.

‘We look forward to it and now we are in it. It’s really exciting.

‘The way we have got involved is good. We get to do lots of things backstage as well.’