Slice of Pie for Simon

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11104a.gifWallace High School Upper Sixth pupils staged two very successful productions of “Christmas Pie” at the end of term to raise money for the Simon community. The eagerly awaited show, which was the result of several weeks of extra curricular effort by the pupils, greatly entertained the entire school community and provided a fun end to a hard working term. Sketches included ” Pop Idol” and “Santa’s Grotto” and many musical items formed part of the polished show.

To add to the festivities, members of staff performed a short pantomime, “Cinderella”, much to the delight of pupils. “Christmas Pie” is a long standing Wallace tradition, celebrating its 30 th anniversary this year.

One of the producers of the first show in 1973, Miss Carol Fulton, reflected on its origins. ” In 1973 the school’s community service concert group, which performed to elderly people in the area, decided to put on a short show for the school. This was supplemented by a staff panto, including some members of staff who remain at Wallace today.

Mr Howard Thompson was the handsome Prince, Miss Helen Long Bandini and I was the Fairy Godmother. We decided to name the whole event ” Christmas Pie” as it contained a little bit of everything including dance, drama and comedy.

Several well known local residents got their first taste of the stage through ” Pie” – Anthea McWilliams learnt some tap dancing for the show and went on to study choreography whilst Ian Milford is still involved in amateur dramatics. It’s a great Wallace tradition and it really unites the school community and allows us all to let down our hair at the end of term.”

Rose Montgomery, an Upper Sixth pupil on this year’s Pie committee, added, “We’ve had a lot of fun producing pie. The past few weeks have been pretty hectic and we couldn’t have done it without the assistance of several members of staff, especially Mr Wilson. I know that we’ll remember our ” Pie ” for the rest of our lives- it’s great being part of this Wallace tradition.”

Mr Bill Wilson concluded, ” The talent and vitality of this year’s group has been very impressive. It’s good to see that the altruism of our pupils has not faded – thanks to the audience’s donations over £1000 has been raised for the Simon Community – a charity with special importance at this time of year.”

Last modified: February 24, 2016