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Children's nativity to help mayor's appeal

PUBLISHED: 11:17 11 December 2009 | UPDATED: 08:58 01 August 2010

YOUNGSTERS in Burgh St Peter are planning to sing of song of Christmas to help raise money for charity.

The children, aged between six and 12, are members of the village's new musical theatre group Fusion, and will perform The Good Shepherd, an adaptation of the nativity story.

YOUNGSTERS in Burgh St Peter are planning to sing of song of Christmas to help raise money for charity.

The children, aged between six and 12, are members of the village's new musical theatre group Fusion, and will perform The Good Shepherd, an adaptation of the nativity story.

With the atmospheric backdrop of two of the Waveney valley's most picturesque churches and supported by local musicians on piano and strings, the young cast will tell the nativity in an original and entertaining way.

Energetic choral numbers, spine tingling solos and though provoking narrative will showcase the talents of the youngsters, under the watchful eye of Hilly Harrison, who set up the group at Easter when she moved from London.

She said she had tried to include as many children from different backgrounds as possible to create Fusion.

Their first performance, Ocean Commotion was held back in August, but since then Hilly has doubled its cast.

She said: “It's not a stage school, it's a mixture of what everybody brings to it. The songs have all been taken from little known children's musicals. There is an alternative version of Away in a Manger with a different tune. It will be a fantastic atmosphere.”

A matinee performance will take place next Saturday, December 19, at 3.30pm, in St Mary's Church, Burgh St Peter Staithe.

There will be a second performance on Monday, December 21, at 6pm, at St Benet's Church in St Mary's Road, Beccles.

This performance will be followed by light refreshments and a raffle in aid of The Mayor's Appeal in Beccles and St Mary's Church, organised by the Air Cadet Corps. Both events are not ticketed.

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