THE staff, children and parents of St George's Roman Catholic Primary School have worked hard during the past couple of months preparing for their outdoor summer concert Dream On.

They worked initially with York Theatre Royal to get the grounding for this "spin" of Midsummer Night's Dream. They had Olympic players to entertain, Greek food for the interval, a stage garlanded with flowers set in their memorial garden corner, lanterns to light the grounds. The costumes and make-up were superb.

At last they were ready and so were the audience with wine and blankets.

But the British summer stepped in.

The concert was postponed for two days because of the rain. Sunday was fine, hours were spent setting-up gazebos for sound equipment, Scout tents for the supper but, true to form, rain came at the last minute and everything had to be moved indoors for the show to go on... rather later than planned. The fantastic team of helpers finished clearing up in the dark rainy night.

Then Monday evening, and hey presto, the concert was performed outdoors with just a little rain shower. The audience shivered but not the children, whose ages ranged from five to 11. They performed happily and magnificently. Everyone went home very tired, but very happy. Despite all the obstacles the performance of Dream On was outstanding. As Damien from the Theatre said: "St George's School has shown what primary schools are capable of." Well done.

Susan Lightfoot,

Lilac Avenue,


Updated: 10:07 Friday, July 16, 2004