Ugly Duckling goes down a treat at Marshalls Park School

14:24 30 June 2014

Marshalls Park pupils in a rehersal for their summer school play, Honk.

Marshalls Park pupils in a rehersal for their summer school play, Honk.


An “ugly duckling” has beaten the bullies to become a beautiful swan in a new school production.

The deputy mayor was impressed by the set and colourful costumes.The deputy mayor was impressed by the set and colourful costumes.

Pupils from Marshalls Park School, Pettits Lane, Romford, have breathed new life into a classic tale with a musical adaptation of The Ugly Duckling called Honk!

The pupils put on three performances of the musical last week with deputy mayor, Cllr Barbara Matthews, dropping by to enjoy the production.

The original 19th century fairy tale by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen follows the story of a bird born in a barnyard who becomes a swan. The story is a seen as tale of personal transformation and progression.

Assistant head teacher Judith Jackson, who directed the musical, said: “We had three excellent performances, the audience received it extremely well.” She added: “It’s a very lovely story, it’s all about embracing and celebrating differences.”

The performers going through a dress rehearsal last week.The performers going through a dress rehearsal last week.

Ms Jackson, who said “everybody’s got their own inner swan”, directed the 70 strong cast and helped put the technical set design together.

She said: “We had to make child size eggs and a whole blizzard scene, there was some big technical things like that.

The students also managed to raise money for the Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund with their performances.

“The best thing about it was how the students really understood the story, they all really embrace each others differences.”

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