Youngsters stage magical musical

The cast of the Wykeham House School and Uplands Primary School production of Jack and the Beanstalk

The cast of the Wykeham House School and Uplands Primary School production of Jack and the Beanstalk

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PRIMARY school children reached the giddy heights of theatrical stardom after putting on their own musical production of Jack and the Beanstalk in just two days.

Twenty-one bright young things at Wykeham House School and Uplands Primary in Fareham directed, rehearsed and produced the set in less than 48 hours to put on the performance of their early lives, yesterday.

Samantha Cooper, 11, playing Jack's mother in the panto

Samantha Cooper, 11, playing Jack's mother in the panto

Bradley Rice, 10, from Uplands, played three roles including the bean seller and the giant.

He said: ‘There are only two boys in the play so we took on quite a lot of work between us.

‘It was really manic at times but lots of fun. Seeing what everyone achieved in just two days, from the acting to the props, was really inspirational.’

His fellow male actor, Matthew Trotter, nine, from Uplands, played Jack and said the girls made good directors.

He said: ‘They were gentle with me and made me feel relaxed.

‘I learned so much from the experience and now appreciate just how many things go into putting on a production.’

Samantha Cooper, 11, from Wykeham, played Jack’s mother. She also helped directing and costume making.

She said: ‘We did it as a team which is why it came together so well. I really enjoyed all aspects of the production and I am proud of what we all achieved.’

Amy Sparkes, 10, also from Wykeham, added: ‘I love art and enjoyed making masks and helping with the costumes.

‘I also helped directing and I acted, which meant learning lines, songs and dancing in a very short space of time. It was tough at times but so enjoyable.’

Wykeham House headteacher Lynn Clarke said: ‘I think we underestimate the ability of children at our peril.

‘It is simply marvellous to see what our pupils have achieved in just two days.’

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