Junior pupils at St Michael’s School are preparing for their most ambitious performance yet: the full version of Joseph.
This year, staff decided to stage the full version of a musical and not a children’s one. Every child from years 3-6, all aged seven – 11, will take to the stage next week (December 10 and 11).
It is the first time the school has tackled such an ambitious project, said headteacher Ros Hutchinson.
“This will be the first time that we have performed a full musical as such so it is very exciting but also very challenging,” she said
“As ever the staff and parent body have been hugely supportive helping with props, scenery and costumes but the real stars as always are the children.
“We have a number of soloists who are very impressive but the score requires that the other children make a significant contribution as part of the chorus and so the show relies on each and every one of them to do their bit. It will be wonderful.”
Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1 will also perform nativities.
An adult-only pantomime is to be performed in Pelsall by a new Walsall-based LGBT group.
BENT productions, an amateur based LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transsexual) theatre group, has written their own pantomime titled A-Lad’in Tights.
The pantomime is the story of A-Lad’in and how he comes out to his mother, falls in love with the Prince and after gay marriage is legalised by the emperor he finally gets to marry his prince.
The adult pantomime is being staged at Pelsall Community Centre, Station Road, on January 31 and February 1, 2014. Tickets are available now at £7. For details, email BentProductions2013@yahoo.co.uk
Proceeds are going towards helping BENT’s future initiatives and to Beginnings, a local project that helps young LGBT people who find themselves homeless due to discrimination from within their own family.
Future projects will include anti-bullying performances for primary schools, LGBT acceptance and awareness productions for high schools and youth groups, plus more productions for the wider community that promote LGBT issues and social acceptance.
The Pelsall branch of the Royal British Legion has raised more than £1,800 during its Poppy Appeal.
Chairman Karen Clifft said the total for the period of Remembrance stood at £1,821.26 – £118 more than they collected last year.
“A big thank you to everyone who contributed,” she said.
Pupils are St Michael’s School are hoping to give some Christmas cheer to youngsters after collecting gifts for charity.
They managed to fill 192 shoe boxes with small items such as toiletries and toys for the charity Operation Christmas Child, a Christian event run by Samaritans Purse.
Pelsall Cradle Club for babies and their carers has been re-launched.
Sessions are held every Thursday morning in term time from 9.30-10.30am at Pelsall Library where babies can enjoy stories, rhymes and play in a safe and welcoming environment.
Babies have the chance to socialise with other babies of their own age and because the toddler group is separate, there is no chance of them getting disturbed by older children.
Parents and carers do not have to be members of the library to attend although babies and pre-school children can join the Bookstart Bear Club and collect certificates for sharing stories.
They get their very own cuddly Bookstart Bear when they have collected 10 certificates.
For more information, telephone Pelsall Library on 01922 650455.
Villagers can have their say on Walsall Council’s plans for verge parking proposals at a meeting tonight (November 4).
The Area Panel for Brownhills, Pelsall, Rushall and Shelfield residents will be held at 6pm at Pelsall Village Centre, High Street, WS3 4LX.
The council has plans to create extra parking opportunities in a handful of streets across Walsall, as part of a scheme which will see some grass verges converted to parking spaces.
A short list of locations will be discussed to help address concerns about unsafe and indiscriminate parking.
Residents will be invited to suggest locations to help the authority identify a local scheme or schemes in those areas that need it most.
Details about the verge parking consultation can be found at http://www.walsall.gov.uk/verge-parking
You can email your views to firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 01922 653705 or 658403 or write to: Walsall Area Partnerships, Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1TP.