Strode News

26/06/12 - Great Fun with Fantastic Mr Fox
Strode News

Over 600 children from local primary schools enjoyed a fun and energetic performance of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox recently when Strode College's performing arts students presented their version of this popular tale at Strode Theatre in Street.

The story tells how the clever and determined Fantastic Mr Fox outwits three mean and gluttonous farmers who join forces to try to stop him feeding his family with their poultry.  But, despite some serious obstacles, like guns and diggers, Mr Fox outsmarts the farmers to feed his family and the other underground animals.   

Strode's first year Performing Arts students presented the show as part of their work on children's theatre.  Strode's Performing Arts Lecturer, Charmaine Bray, said: "This show proved to be one of the most enjoyable projects for the students as it allowed them to explore physical theatre and slapstick as well as the more usual elements of acting and singing.  Children's theatre has an emphasis on fun and requires high energy performance and a focus on comedy, all things that the students really enjoyed. For many of them it was an opportunity to work on the story that had been a childhood favourite."

Children who visited Strode to see the show came from Brookside Primary, Burchfield Yeovil, Charlton Mackrell Primary, Cossington Primary,  Ditcheat Primary, North Cadbury Primary, Walton Primary, West Chinnock Primary (see photo) and West Pennard Primary.

Photo: The farmers Bogis, Bunce and Bean played by (left to right) Ollie Perry from Street, Matt Townsend from Wells and Angus Moir from Sherbourne.