With her comedy timing, slapstick humour and enormous pink wig, 11 year-old Gad’s student Grace Woollends seems to have found her calling, after starring in the school’s annual musical.
Grace and her fellow Juniors lit-up the stage when they performed an animated interpretation of ‘Cinderella’ in their school theatre over three nights.
Playing one of the ugly sisters, Grace, and castmates, took a captivated audience on a magical journey to Prince Charming’s Ball, featuring animated staging and professional choreography along the way.
Weeks of rehearsals in drama lessons culminate in a show that never fails to amaze the crowd, with seats selling-out within hours of being released to proud parents, friends of the school and fellow Junior and Senior students showing their support.
Grace, from Higham, said: “I knew it would be fun to play such a big role but I didn’t realise just how much I’d enjoy it.
“I’ve taken part in previous productions but playing Drizella, and hearing the crowd’s reaction, has given me a real taste for acting.”
Headmaster Mr David Craggs congratulated the cast on another ‘fantastic’ production, before praising the dedication and commitment of Director of Music John Stone for his talent in supporting the children, and always bringing out the best in them musically.
Mr Craggs also credited Artistic Director and professional dance and drama teacher, Mrs Crowter, for her ‘outstanding choreography’ and ‘energy and warmth’ when working with the children.
The children clapped and cheered, maybe even louder than the audience did for them, when Mrs Crowter was invited on stage to receive a huge bouquet of flowers from the cast.
The Headmaster continued: “We are very lucky here at Gad’s to have specialist teachers who dedicate their time to providing musical and theatrical coaching.
“Our children thrive in these extra-curricular lessons and judging by the many beaming smiles on stage tonight, I am sure some very special memories have been made.”