Ye Ha! Cromer Juniors head for the Wild West in end-of-term production

Big Chief Walking Weasel (Henry Attfield-Downes, centre) with his tribe. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Big Chief Walking Weasel (Henry Attfield-Downes, centre) with his tribe. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Cromer Junior School pupils will be heading out to the Wild West tonight, in a 'rootin', tootin' musical telling the tale of a secret map hidden in dust-blown Splodge City - where sheriffs don't seem to survive past Tuesday.

When the town is terrorised by Howlin' Mad Dog McNutt and his gang, it is up to newly-appointed sheriff Wilbur Hubbard to scupper the ruthless outlaw's scheming.

Unfortunately, chef Wilbur isn't Wild West hero material and never wanted to be sheriff in the first place.

But, luckily, there's a sharp-shooting new kid in town in the shape of cowgirl Billie-Jo Briskett, who promises to help wimpish Wilbur solve the mystery of the hidden gold.

Starring a 60-strong cast of year six pupils and entitled Ye Ha!, the show, which also features a tribe of Indians led by Big Chief Walking Weasel, a shady mayor by the name of Tex Truman and a travelling salesman called Dr Cornelius Spooner, includes foot-stomping songs with titles ranging from Wild West Hero, to Little Old Town.

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It was the idea of deputy head teacher Suzanne Harrison, who wanted to give youngsters a chance to unwind after sitting the end of year SATS tests.

'It has been a fantastic success,' Ms Harrison said. 'The children made all the scenery themselves and also designed posters, tickets and invitations.'

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The school now to plans to make the end-of-year show an annual event and is hoping to invest in lighting and staging.

The Ye Ha! cast gave a matinee performance for fellow pupils and staff, before going on stage in front of an audience of 150 friends, family, staff and governors this evening.

'The children have really enjoyed it and it has been a massive team effort, so we are very grateful to everyone involved, especially the whole year six team,' Ms Harrison said.

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