My life as a sapling

saplingsThe Saplings is a great opportunity for younger children to find their voice and perform in front of family and friends. It is a music and drama group for ages between 6 up to about 16. The Wychwood Saplings perform at the village fete and many other places. It is a group of about 15 to 25 children. We do a play every year and have a lot of rehearsals during the holidays. It’s a great thing to be part of; a chance to meet new people and make new friends.

I’ve been a Sapling for three years and have really enjoyed the whole experience. Last year I played a soldier in the First World War. I had just over seventy lines. It is hard work and you have to be committed to it. I’ve played a space captain and Oberon, king of the fairies in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s a brilliant thing to do and a chance to show your talent. But most importantly it’s a heap of fun. Last year we went on a trip to the Oxford Playhouse to see Dick Whittington and his cat. It was a great performance and no doubt I’ll be back there to see another play.

Over the years I have improved my drama skills and shall carry on doing so. I think Saplings is great because of all the opportunities it offers for children. I’ve made lots of new friends and am always looking forward to rehearsals. I will certainly do it this year and I can’t wait to see what Mandy (the director) has in store for us.

George Harper (age 11)

June-July 2019