Northumberland school stages red squirrel musical

Stannington First School will perform Squirrels: The Musical on March 26 in the village's St Mary's Church

Paul Buxton Red squirrel watch near Wooler, Northumberland
Red squirrel watch near Wooler, Northumberland

A school in Northumberland is to stage a musical about red squirrels.

Stannington First School, which has 86 pupils, will perform Squirrels: The Musical in the village’s St Mary’s Church at 1.30pm on March 26. The idea for the production came from the school working with Katy Cook, of Red Squirrels Northern England.

Head teacher Helen Stokoe said: “ We usually stage a musical at Christmas so we were happy to do one on red squirrels.

“I think the children will enjoy performing and also learning about squirrels.”

The musical has been written by Caroline Hoile, who runs Newcastle-based Grumpy Sheep Music (www.grumpysheep.com) .

She specialises in creating children’s musicals for schools, providing a CD with storyline, songs, lyrics, and backing tracks.

She said: “ I know about the plight of red squirrels and I think it’s important to educate youngsters and parents about it.

“A musical is a great way to get the message out.”

The Stannington musical tells how the reds share the food they have stored for the winter with other animals in their wood, but then their supplies are raided by the greys.

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