Composer Sheila Wilson with the cast of Scrooge
Composer Sheila Wilson with the cast of Scrooge

In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the central character Ebenezer Scrooge receives a number of surprise visitors as the story unfolds.

Pupils performing a musical adaptation of the famous tale for their Christmas production had their own unexpected guest when the show’s composer joined the audience at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL).

“As I’m often playing the piano for this show, it was a real treat to be able to sit back and enjoy it.”

“While Scrooge’s visitors reveal a few home truths and show him the error of his ways, musician and writer Sheila Wilson was full of praise for the cast and crew of GSAL Junior School’s production of Scrooge! A Ghost of a Chance, which she co-wrote with actor and lyricist Colin Baker of Dr Who fame.

GSAL Junior’s production involved around 300 children from years 3, 4 and 5, so in addition to the story played out by Dickens’ central characters, the various chorus numbers ranging from the upbeat ‘Fezziwig Rock and Roll’ to the dreamy ‘It’s Snowing’ ensured that everyone had plenty to do.

Junior school teacher Hayley Darby-Brown directed the show and the musical director was music teacher Karen Parkin.