On Thursday afternoon, there was a distinctly zoological atmosphere in the Pre-Prep Hall as Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 performed their eagerly anticipated musical summer show. The children had been rehearsing hard and were really looking forward to sharing their hard work with their parents. The Pre-Prep hall was full to the rafters with parents, grandparents and proud siblings.
Inspired by their animal-themed Arts Week, the children sang, danced and played instruments with smiles on their faces; all their hard work throughout the half term was more than evident. The show opened with the well-known song The Animals Went In Two by Two. Elephants, monkeys, bears, crocodiles, snakes, hedgehogs, crabs and a swan were just some of the animals that featured in the show, and the audience were even invited to join in with Year 2’s rendition of The Hippopotamus Song by Flanders and Swann. (Who doesn’t love singing about mud?!)
We were lucky enough to hear the Year 2 children who play instruments perform solos. Special congratulations must go to our brave Year 2 musical soloists: Jasper(piano), Kasvika (piano), Alban (guitar), Cerys (piano), Greta (piano) and Aubrey (violin), who all performed beautifully.
The show finished with a stunning performance of I Just Can’t Wait to be King from ‘The Lion King’, featuring colourful animal masks and the children’s own choreography. It’s not an easy job to perform in front of such a big audience at only 4,5,6 or 7 years old and everyone amazed us with their confidence.
Afterwards, everyone headed to Forest School for a cream tea and a well-deserved ice cream for the performers! There was a buzz of proud parents and family members, and it was wonderful to be able to get everyone together to celebrate the children’s hard work. A big thank you to Mrs Gunter for all her hard work putting the show together and to the Pre-Prep team for making the afternoon a memorable occasion. It was wonderful to return to a proper, live Summer Show after a two-year break, and the event was thoroughly appreciated by a large audience of enthusiastic parents.