Gallery: Pupils light up theatre with staging of classic tale

The Abbey School perform Aladdin (or The Lazybones and the Wonderful Lamp) at The Seckford Theatre i

The Abbey School perform Aladdin (or The Lazybones and the Wonderful Lamp) at The Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge - Credit: Mike Kwasniak

Audiences packed a Suffolk theatre to see a cast of schoolchildren’s vibrant version of a stage classic.

Woodbridge’s Seckford Theatre was the venue for The Abbey School’s performances of Aladdin (or The Lazybones and the Wonderful Lamp), from which more than £900 was raised from retiring collections for EACH and gynaecological cancer fund The Eve Appeal.

Pupils from The Abbey, the preparatory department of Woodbridge School, rocked the theatre with their interpretation, written specially by local producer Matthew Townshend.

The script, based on the tale of Aladdin and interspersed by cheeky lines from popular songs, was performed by more than 100 year five and six pupils, and included scenes using shadow puppets manipulated by the children.

The play was directed by Abbey staff members Christopher Smith and Christopher French. Mr Smith said: “We are incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful group of children at the school to work with.”

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