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Young actors defiant in the face of fire

PUBLISHED: 13:38 28 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

THE show definitely WILL go on at St Joseph's College!

That's the message from staff and pupils who are determined to press ahead with their forthcoming musical, The Faraway Tree, despite vital staging equipment being damaged by fire.

THE show definitely WILL go on at St Joseph's College!

That's the message from staff and pupils who are determined to press ahead with their forthcoming musical, The Faraway Tree, despite vital staging equipment being damaged by fire.

"We are definitely going ahead with the show. Nothing could stop us," said music teacher, Jean Weale.

"We have been working so hard since September and all the children are so excited about the production."

Fire broke out at the school in Birkfield Drive in Ipswich on Saturday night, ripping through an outbuilding containing a wood store and cleaning store. None of the buildings used by pupils were affected.

An investigation is being carried out into the cause of the blaze, but firefighters have confirmed it is being treated as "suspicious".

Next week, 30 of the youngest children at the school, aged five to seven, are set to take part in The Faraway Tree, an original musical by Mrs Weale and her husband Simon, adapted from the magical tale by Enid Blyton.

Mrs Weale said they hadn't told the children about the fire because they would have been so upset.

The young actors need staging blocks to raise the level of the stage so they can be seen by the audience – but all the specially-constructed wooden blocks were destroyed in the fire.

However, the staff and the young actors will not be beaten. CDT teachers Andrew Miller and Freddie Jones have been working round the clock to build a new set of blocks so that the show can go on – while Mrs Weale and colleague Pat March have been busy carrying on with the rehearsals.

"Fortunately, the fairies and elves costumes were all in the music block, so they were not damaged – it's taken ages to make them," said Mrs Weale.

She added that the Faraway Tree itself, a vital part of the play, was already safely in place on the stage.

The Faraway Tree will be staged on December 5 and 6 in the senior music department's auditorium, starting at 10.30am and 2.30pm daily. Anyone interested in tickets should contact the school on 01473 556967.

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