There was great excitement and pride recently, when Saltash based Essa School of Drama held their annual presentation of certificates and trophies at Saltash Handicapped and Disabled Centre (SHADO).
Over 20 pupils received their awards to a packed audience of parents, relatives, SHADO members and residents of neighbouring St Anne’s Care Home.
There were 15 trophies presented which were won at the City of Plymouth Music Festival and Saltash Speech and Drama Festival.
Prior to the presentations, the pupils gave outstanding performances of their works, ranging from verse speaking, solo drama, prose readings and speaking, duologues, team public speaking and poetry composition.
The morning started with a singing workshop given by local talented singer Flo Bonner, who put the children through their paces with songs from Lion King.
Over 25 children took part in the singing workshops, and the concert started with the children singing in three part harmony directed by Flo; much to the delight of the audience.
The event raised £165.66 which was donated to SHADO, which will be used for environmental soft works to their garden area.
Principal practitioner Kaya Bonner, compered the concert, and Chairman of SHADO Teresa Orchard gave a sincere vote of thanks to all the participating pupils, and Essa Drams practitioners.
Refreshments were served after the concert.
The residents and carers of St Anne’s had a wonderful experience, and one of the ladies was so overcome she cried of joy of watching the children perform so beautifully.