PUPILS at Windermere School took to the stage for a panto-style re-imagining of Cinderella.

Weeks of hard work learning their lines, rehearsing songs and practicing complicated dance routines paid off as the curtains drew back and the children entertained packed audiences.

Mrs Nield, who directed the show, said: "The children have worked incredibly hard and it showed in the performances.

"We've had a lot of fun putting this production together - it's easy to forget that these children are no older than eleven. I'm incredibly proud of them."

'Cinderella and Rockerfella' is a modern take on the tale which retains the traditional characters: downtrodden Cinderella, Rockerfella (formerly Prince Charming), Buttons, the Ugly Sisters and the Fairy Godmother.

Year six pupils auditioned for the main roles, supported by their year five counterparts who played the townspeople, bakers and various animals.

Mrs Thomas, head of the Elleray Campus at the school, said: "The production this year has been arguably one of our best in terms of storyline, comic effect and acting.

"There were some fabulous performances from the lead characters and some excellent singing, backed by a live band.

"Well done to all involved - what wonderful talent we have here at Elleray."

Fresh from Cinderella and Rockerfella, many of the year six students can look forward to taking part in a production of 'Grease' in December. Tickets will be available in the Autumn term.