4:00 pm August 1, 2022
More than 200 elementary school students lead the way in a two-week youth festival in Stowmarket, providing creative entertainment.
Jubilant! The Mini Youth Festival included shows and exhibitions at the Regal Theatre, John Peel Center, Stomarket Library, Red Gables, Fox Yard Studios, and The Food Museum.
The entertainment began with a musical showcase created from the beginning by students at Becton Elementary School in front of an audience of friends and family.
Mendelsham Primary School teacher Jenny Owen said: “What a wonderful day it was – the kids loved performing in front of an audience.
“He worked really hard to practice his dance and we were all extremely impressed with how well he performed.”
Singer and composer Andy Hopgood visited elementary school to put together the show, although most of the story and song ideas came from children.
Andy said: “We knew it would be based on the anniversary but all the ideas are entirely from sessions held with the kids. We let their imaginations go.”
Children from Mendlesham Primary School also joined six students from Freeman Community Primary to create a drumming and dancing display at the John Peel Center.
Freeman’s Community Primary Teacher Sue Cockle said: “The kids were so engaged with samba drumming. This performance was a tribute to the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication that everyone put into making it.”
The festival also includes a number of exhibitions, including ‘Reimagining Milton Meadow’ from Stoopland High School in Red Gables, a food and farming installation at the Food Museum with Abbots Hall Primary School, a ‘Finding Heroes’ with Olive AP Academy of Arts. Exhibition is included. , finally, storytelling and puppetry from Chilton Primary School.
Jubilant! Producer Liz Downey said: “We are delighted with how well the first Jubilant! project has gone.
“More than 200 local children and youth have participated and the work they have done has been outstanding. The presentations on show at the mini-festival are spectacular, comprehensive and of extremely high quality.”