The stars of the show arrive at Showcase Cinema de Lux Derby for the premiere of their school nativity

CHRISTMAS came early for children at a primary school when their school nativity play enjoyed a Hollywood premiere at one of the UK’s biggest cinemas this weekend.


Showcase Cinema de Lux in Derby rolled out the red carpet in true Tinseltown-style for parents, pupils, family and friends for their Winter Musical nativity.


Arboretum Primary School won a nationwide competition organised by Showcase Cinemas to have their Christmas play turned into a movie.

Teachers at the school wrote the script themselves and 150 pupils took part in the performance, which was captured by a professional movie film crew at the primary school in Derby.


The children, all aged between 5 and 7 years old, took full advantage of the full-scale Hollywood production, with 5 cameras filming every moment of the ‘winter musical’ – with inspired performances and some truly heart-warming moments captured on film.


Then the whole school plus families and friends turned out to their very own red carpet premiere on Sunday morning (December 8th) with the Mayor of Derby in attendance to introduce the event and congratulate the school for helping to put the town on the map.


“The cast were all treated like movie stars from the first moment till the last,” said Acting Headteacher Nigel Daintith.


“This has been an incredible experience for everyone at the school and we’ve pulled together to make this a moment no-one involved will ever forget. For the Mayor of Derby to tell us we were a credit to the city was wonderful – we really can’t thank Showcase Cinemas enough for making this a Christmas everyone here will be talking about for the rest of their lives.”


Mark Barlow, General Manager, Showcase Cinemas UK said: “Arboretum Primary School’s nativity stood head and shoulders above the rest when we were first considering entries for the competition. It was funny, heartwarming, inclusive and, for us, really summed up what Christmas is all about.


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