Crafty youngsters back teacher’s return to stage

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Pupils from Morecambe Road School have been creating alien plants to show support for music and performing arts teacher Emily Prescott, who is starring in About Theatre’s production of wacky musical Little Shop of Horrors at the Grand Theatre this week.

Children from the KS3 classes have been using mixed craft materials and their vivid imaginations to create ‘strange and interesting plants’ inspired by ‘Audrey II’ the man-eating plant in Alan Menken’s musical Little Shop of Horrors.

Mrs Prescott will be taking on the role of the plant’s namesake, Audrey, in the production, which will mark her return to the stage after a diagnosis of M.E. in December 2012.

Swelling on her spinal cord meant Emily suffered extreme fatigue, chronic pain and even had to learn to walk again.

Now back to full health, Emily is glad to be sharing her excitement for theatre with her pupils.

She said: “It’s been fantastic to see our pupils having so much fun letting their imaginations run wild with what a man-eating plant from another planet might look like!

“The project has sparked some great debates about morals and ethics and made our young people really think about how easy it can be to get swept along by making the wrong decisions.”

The rest of the cast will judge the children’s creations and select several winners who will get the chance to meet the real ‘Audrey II’, when the production opens next week.

All the artwork will be displayed at the Grand for the duration of the show’s run.

Little Shop of Horrors will play at Grand from February 25 to 28, with performances at 7.30pm every evening and a Saturday matinee performance at 2pm.

Tickets are £10 by calling 01524 64659 or from www.lancastergrand.co.uk. Proceeds to Rosemere Cancer Foundation.