Nativities with a twist around Midhurst and Petworth

Father Christmas with children from Stedham primary school at their Christmas fete PICTURE BY LUCINDA LEEDS SUS-141212-112502001
Father Christmas with children from Stedham primary school at their Christmas fete PICTURE BY LUCINDA LEEDS SUS-141212-112502001
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TALENTED youngsters from around the Midhurst and Petworth area have ended the year with a bang, entertaining crowds with their spectacular nativities.

At the Centre Stage Academy Theatre School in Midhurst, children finished the year with a fantastic production of The alterNATIVITY!.

The play follows a primary school rehearsing for their big end-of-year show and the telling of the traditional nativity story.

Manager at the theatre school, Bex Landsberger, said: “The alterNATIVITY! was full of classic Christmas songs and contained a few hilarious twists and turns as Mary and Joseph journeyed to Bethlehem.

“The Grange Leisure Centre was transformed into a small-scale theatre and thanks to the assistance of the academy staff and the fantastic team at the Grange, students aged between six and 16 performed to a sold-out audience of parents and friends.”

Meanwhile, staff and students past and present, parents and villagers of Stedham came together at the village primary school for the annual Christmas Fair.

There was a special appearance by Father Christmas, who was visited by a queue of children in his specially-built grotto.

At Plaistow Pre-School, lead practitioner Carol Krol led the children through their performance of the school’s 48th nativity.

Their picture appears in our special nativity supplement, starting on page 41.

Every year the pre-school keeps the story true to the original with a few added extras, such as a real donkey called Mr Darcey.

St Peter’s Church in Lynchmere was the new venue for the parish’s outdoor nativity play performed mainly by a cast of adults but including a few ‘angelic’ children for the heavenly host and Cuthbert the donkey who had an important walk-on part.

For the full feature and all the pictures, including our special nativity pull-out, see this week’s Observer (December 18).