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Pupils put on a festive classic

PUBLISHED: 22:31 08 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

THAT pesky Grinch got out on the loose at an Ipswich school.

But, instead of ruining their Christmas, the grumpy character added to the festive fun and excitement.

THAT pesky Grinch got out on the loose at an Ipswich school.

But, instead of ruining their Christmas, the grumpy character added to the festive fun and excitement.

Youngsters at Whitton Primary staged their own version of the classic Dr Seuss story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, complete with songs and dances.

The same story was recently turned into a big-budget movie with amazing special effects – but it was plain to see that the children preferred their live stage version to the big-screen production.

Children aged seven to nine took part in the show, entertaining mums and dads and putting on a special performance for other pupils.

"The children have worked really hard for about seven weeks and practised a lot," said teacher, Claire Essex, who directed the play, working alongside colleagues Jenny Perks and Angela Chappell.

"It was wonderful. It has been a really enjoyable experience and the children loved doing it."

Miss Essex said parents had made the costumes for the play and given a lot of support. Proceeds will be going towards the fundraising to expand the school's library.


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