Play proves a hit even without stage

Westley Middle School's production of Seusical. (the inflatable stage couldnt be inflated). Centre is Cat in the Hat Connor Mcgoochan and left is Mrs Mayor Molly Robson and right is Mr Mayor Lewis Allum.
Westley Middle School's production of Seusical. (the inflatable stage couldnt be inflated). Centre is Cat in the Hat Connor Mcgoochan and left is Mrs Mayor Molly Robson and right is Mr Mayor Lewis Allum.

A SCHOOL production planned for the stage of a 180 seater inflatable theatre has proved a hit, despite use of the novel theatre having to be abandoned.

After problems with the pump used to inflate the theatre and an electrical shortage at the weekend, headteacher at Westley Middle School, Nick Templeton, decided to abandon plans to use the inflatable theatre outside of the school.

Instead he resorted to hosting the production of Seussical, based on the books of Dr Seuss, in the school’s drama hall, on a stage made from blocks.

The musical, performed by pupils from Monday to Wednesday, focused on Horton Hears a Who!, which is about Horton the elephant’s endeavours to protect people who live on a tiny speck of dust. The Cat in the Hat is another of Seuss’ books that strongly features in the play.

Mr Templeton said: “People have come along not knowing what to expect and everyone’s gone away saying ‘wow, it’s fantastic’. A lot of people who come every year have said it’s the best we’ve ever done.”

With tales of conflict, love and plenty of imagination, the school’s junior version of the play, bought for £400 including licence, script and music, proved a huge success.