CHILDREN at a South Devon primary school will be shining more brightly than usual in 2014, thanks to the Rotary Club of Newton Abbot's donation of £250 towards the purchase of new stage lighting.
Despite having just over 60 pupils, Broadhempston Primary School offers pupils the opportunity to develop theatrical and performance skills through involvement in various projects, including a school choir who regularly perform at venues around the area.
The school also stages a number of musical productions throughout the year in the nearby village hall. However, a lack of suitable lighting equipment had left the performers slightly in the dark in recent times, until the Rotary Club stepped in.
Laura Kies, head of performing arts, explained: “In recent years the scale of our performances has really escalated and we had a choir of 20 to 40 children singing in Newton Abbot and Totnes town centres for late night shopping over Christmas, as well as a run of performances of our own school show.
“The only lighting we have access to is quite old-fashioned and totally impractical to move around. The donation from the rotary club will allow us to purchase some modern, lightweight stage lights which we can use for shows in the village hall but which we can also easily take on the road with us when the choir are ‘out and about’ performing.”
By way of a thank you, some members of the Broadhempston choir entertained shoppers at the Tesco supermarket in Kingsteignton while the rotary club were in attendance collecting money for other charities.
Kerry Larbalestier, vice-president of the rotary club, said: “The Broadhempston choir really brought a smile and a lift to the proceedings and the compliments were flowing in from the public. The experience of having a children's choir supporting our Christmas collection makes us determined to extend it next year and we hope Broadhempston will be able to come and sing at some of our other collections in 2014.”