Pupils keep true to Dahl’s classic

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Pupils at Bourne Abbey Academy danced to the tune of the oompa loompas in their spectacular production of Willy Wonka.

Based on the best-selling book by classic children’s author Roald Dahl, it took around 40 Year 6 pupils three months to perfect their version, which included younger students from the school choir as well.

The script was taken from Dahl’s original version and the production featured music from the original film as well as a few pieces composed by class teacher Chris Inman.

Pupils and teachers alike pulled in all the resources they could for costumes whether that meant hunting around charity shops or making them from scratch.

Performances were put on for family and friends on Wednesday and Thursday night, and other pupils were welcome to go and watch too.

Money raised from the ticket sales will now go back into the funds for next year’s big production.

Head of performing arts, Jill Bates, said: “It was fun to put the cast and the choir together. I felt a great sense of pride when I saw the pupils perform and realised that it was very easy to forget that they were so young and still primary school children.”