Inspired by the first film in the series, the most recent adaptation similarly shows plucky kids from an unassuming Catholic comprehensive attempt to stage the best nativity play Coventry, or even the world, has ever seen.
With help from their reluctant teacher, Mr Maddens, and his crazy teaching assistant, Mr Poppy, the children of St Bernadette’s eventually get their chance to sparkle and shine at Coventry Cathedral, even doing better than fee-paying Oakmoor School for festive spectacle and shine!
With just a couple of weeks before the acclaimed show's brand new tour; with it hotly anticipated Coventry debut at the Belgrade Theatre, the kids from the fictional St. Bernadette’s took a quick tour of its real-life equivalent, visiting some of the areas featured in the film.
Later in the afternoon, a meet-and-greet with aspiring actors and singers from Holy Family’s own “Glee Club” saw the young stars answer questions from excited pupils, covering what it’s like to work on a big touring theatre production, how they keep up with their lessons during rehearsals, and how to deal with stage fright if they ever feel nervous!
All children featured in Nativity! The Musical’s Belgrade Theatre version are based in the Midlands and were chosen via a series of open auditions that took place throughout the summer. While those playing students at rival Oakmoor School will be recast with children local to each venue on the tour, the children of St. Bernadette’s will travel with the show, taking a bit of homegrown magic to cities up and down the country.
A total of 11 cast members visited the school, seven of whom also appear in the newest Nativity! feature film, Nativity Rocks! Fittingly, the afternoon ended with a sing-along, which teacher Mrs Corr-Wilson was particularly excited to join in with!
Deputy Head Teacher Sarah Collins said: “We were delighted to welcome the young cast members from Nativity! The Musical into our school. At Holy Family, the Nativity! productions (film and theatre) are all very close to the hearts of children and staff alike.”