Barrow Primary School teachers take to the stage to put on a special version of Cinderella
PUBLISHED: 10:24 22 December 2014 | UPDATED: 10:24 22 December 2014
Although they are more at home in front of a class of students than on a stage, teaching staff at a west Suffolk primary school have swapped their text books for scripts to stage a version of the popular panto, Cinderella.
Under the direction of IT technician Mark Denny, who has experience as a professional actor, the cast of nine teachers from Barrow Primary near Bury St Edmunds spent three months rehearsing for the production, which was staged at the village hall on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The costumes were hired from Bury’s Theatre Royal and the set was created by teaching assistant Ali Kybird. Headteacher Helen Ashe described the panto as a “real school team effort”. Both nights were packed with audiences of around 150 people and £1,000 was raised for the school as a result. She said: “This is the first time we have staged a staff panto and we couldn’t be happier with the result. We have had rave reviews and the parents said they couldn’t believe how professional it was.”