Parents hooked by St Gregory’s performance at Albany Theatre

Pupils at a Coventry primary school took parents on a trip to Neverland in a musical retelling of a beloved tale at a city centre theatre.

Year 5 and 6 pupils at St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, part of the Romero Catholic Academy, took to the stage at the Albany Theatre in Coventry for a performance of Pantastic, the award-winning Peter Pan musical adaptation.

The young performers kicked off the play with a musical exploration of what it means to grow up and how wonderful it would be to stay young forever before retelling the plot of J.M Barrie’s classic story complete with a host of musical numbers.

The production included songs such as ‘Nobody Wants to Grow Old’, ‘Here in Neverland’, ‘Tick Tock Crocodile’, and ‘Peter Pan is missing’.

Nicola McGuigan, parent, said: “It was a thoroughly enjoyable performance from the first scene to the last. It was wonderful to see everyone given a chance to be able to shine.

“Not only was I very proud of my son on stage, but it was also great to see year 5 and 6 working as a team and bringing their A-game.

“The children were a credit to the school and you could tell everyone had worked very hard to put on an incredible performance – congratulations to all involved.”

Megan Scullion, Associate Principal at St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, said: “Pantastic was a brilliant way to mark the end of the school year, with parents, families, friends and colleagues not just joining in to watch the performance, but supporting with rehearsals and helping us to put on a great show.

“To be able to perform at the Albany Theatre was a real privilege and added an extra layer of magic to the show, and I’d like to thank everyone involved and congratulate the students on their efforts.”

Vicky Basterfield, Creative Engagement Lead at the Albany Theatre, said: “It is always a pleasure for us to have local schools perform at the Albany Theatre, and we are thrilled that St Gregory’s performance of Pantastic was a hit with parents.

“School performances are a fantastic way to get children involved in the arts, and we would love for this to inspire young people at St Gregory’s to pursue theatre outside of school, whether at the Albany Youth Theatre or any of the great performance companies and groups in the city.”

For more information about St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School visit https://www.stgregorys-coventry.org.uk

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