School visits magical world of words

IT was a case of pin back your ears and pay attention at a school production filled with some dazzling word play.Pupils at Nacton Village Primary School entered the magical worlds of Dictionopolis, where words dominate everything, and Digitopolis, where numbers are everything when they presented their school production of an adaptation of The Phantom Tollbooth, the book written by Norton Juster.

IT was a case of pin back your ears and pay attention at a school production filled with some dazzling word play.

Pupils at Nacton Village Primary School entered the magical worlds of Dictionopolis, where words dominate everything, and Digitopolis, where numbers are everything when they presented their school production of an adaptation of The Phantom Tollbooth, the book written by Norton Juster.

The whole school of 83 pupils took part in the adaptation written by teacher Mike Henderson.

Parents and friends of the school watching the show were treated to word play from a host of strange characters including the Spelling Bee, the Wordsnatcher and Watchdog who helped Milo in his car in his efforts to rescue the princesses Rhyme and Reason and restore peace to the land.

Headteacher Elizabeth Ditton said: “We are very lucky in having so many talented individuals in our school community, with Mike Henderson writing the adaptation for us and Carol Rout, parent governor at the school, creating the wonderful scenery, sets and props.

“It really is a whole school production, not just with all our pupils taking part, but also with so many of our school community helping in lots of ways to make this production such a memorable success.

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“This is a wonderful example of why the Arts Council England this month has recognised the school with an Artsmark Gold Award.”

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