Emmanuel Middle School’s production of The Lion King played to three packed houses recently.
The musical tells the story of a young lion called Simba, a crown prince in Africa, who has to overcome his fear to take the throne after the death of his father.
It was written by Elton John with lyrics by Sir Tim Rice and the young cast at the Verwood school brought the story to life receiving standing ovations.
Other students were active backstage and at front of house.
The director Ben Shooter said: “We came together as a school community to deliver what I think centralises the overarching mantras at Emmanuel – encompassing our three E’s – endurance, endeavour and enjoyment to the full.
“The process was vigorous, with rehearsals weekly, and in some cases it required giving up lunches.
“The tenacity that the children demonstrated was nothing short of inspirational.
“From the learning of lines to the choreography, the stage directions and technical prowess they demonstrated great talent.
“Hopefully it will have inspired them for a lifetime.”
Headteacher Rob Christopher said: “An excellent education transcends the classroom experience.
“Emmanuel School pupils have many opportunities to enrich their learning and experiences.
“Well done to those involved on stage, backstage, make-up, lighting, costume, admin – you will have learnt so much throughout.”
Liz West, chief executive of Initio Learning Trust – formerly Wimborne Academy Trust – of which Emmanuel Middle School is a part, said: “It sounded like a wonderful show the school put on.
“The students involved in all aspects of it will have learned a great deal and gained valuable experiences.”
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