Sharing the Disney magic

YOUNG performers brought some familiar characters to life last week when they shared some Disney magic with two primary schools.

BTEC Performing Arts students from Priestley College made a song and dance out of the likes of Aladdin and The Jungle Book for the entertainment of around 400 children.

They also put their own spins on Frozen as well as Beauty and the Beast, weaving some moral tales into the classic Disney favourites.

“It was a challenging performance to put together, but seeing the children’s reactions made it all worthwhile,” said Carla Boswell, a former pupil at Culcheth High School.

Priestley’s Disney showcase was performed at St Wilfrid’s CofE School in Grappenhall and Bexton Primary School in Knutsford.

For the students the challenge was telling the classic tales in 10 minutes while also relating the moral of the stories to their young audience.

Creating a piece of theatre aimed at children is part of the final project for the BTEC students who had to research how best to communicate with children as young as three-years-old.

Tutor Nancy Serjeant said her protégés had to treat the performance as if they were a theatre company.

“They had to organise everything down to sourcing their own costumes and props,” she said.

“What they achieved was incredible and had the primary schoolchildren mesmerised so I couldn’t have asked for more.”