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Schoolchildren threw on their blue suede shoes to perform in an unusual Elvis Presley play.

The cast from St Andrew's Primary School

The cast from St Andrew's Primary School

 

Schoolchildren threw on their blue suede shoes to perform in an unusual Elvis Presley play.

More than 60 Year 4 and 5 pupils from St Andrew’s Primary School in Chinnor surprised their parents with dancing and singing based on the King of rock ‘n’ roll.

But the story took a modern twist as Elvis, played by Year 5 pupil Zak Jamison, took the form of an alien who had crash-landed on Earth.

Annette Mashru, deputy headteacher of the Station Road school, said the pupils really took to the idea of the iconic artist whose music dates back to the 1950s - although many had not actually heard of him.

She said: “I joked to everyone at the end of the show and asked the children how many of them had Elvis on their iPods.

“I then asked the parents the same thing and you can imagine the difference!

“But the growing knowledge was clear to see, even though it perhaps appealed more to their parents!

“They were all very enthusiastic with the singing and I think the plays and performances should be something different. It’s one of the main experiences that we provide.”

The Looking For Elvis production, written by Maya Sprigg and with music by Jon Boden, was taught to the children in just one week by performing arts group Stagecoach ahead of the two performances for their parents.

 

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