Standing ovation for Verwood school’s Lion King production

PUPILS at a Verwood school united to put on a production of The Lion King to three packed houses.

The Emmanuel Middle School production told the classic story of 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.

Written by Elton John with lyrics by Sir Tim Rice, a young cast at Emmanuel brought the story to life and received standing ovations.

Students were not only on stage, but also working roles backstage and at front of house.

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 Es – 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 congratulated everyone involved with the production.

“An excellent education transcends the classroom experience,” he said.

“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, added: “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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