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Aladdin confidence rubs off on pupils!

Proud parents are wowed at Islington Assembly Hall as young actors light up winter

26 January, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

The cast of Aladdin who wowed an Islington Assembly Hall audience

PROUD parents watched as youngsters gave a magical performance of Aladdin at Islington Assembly Hall.

Pupils with a range of special needs from Samuel Rhodes School took to the stage, acting, singing and playing instruments on Wednesday.

Leading characters Aladdin and Jasmine were played by 14-year-old Billy Fordham and 18-year-old Mia Alexandra Paton.

Julie Keylock, headteacher at the Highbury New Park school, said this was the biggest winter show it had ever produced.

“I’m very proud to lead the school,” she said. “I think it’s a significant achievement for the school to have pupils perform on a stage they’ve never even visited before. The confidence that brings is replicated in the classroom.”

She thanked staff for making dazzling costumes on a tight timescale and budget.

Fiona Young’s 16-year-old son Albie, who has learning difficulties, surprised her on the night, keeping his role in the play under wraps for months in pre-production. He played comical parrot Iago.

Fiona said: “Performing gives him the confidence to do other things. If he can do this, he can do anything.”

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