ST THOMAS More's Catholic Primary School presented the world premiere of Captain Cat and the Carol Singers at the Holy Trinity Church yesterday.
The play has been adapted from the book of the same name by Jeremy Lloyd, OBE, one of the creators of British television program Are You Being Served?, by former Launceston teacher and director of the production Dennis Mann.
Working with St Thomas More's 30 year 3/4 pupils and teacher Denise Morgan, the pupils performed the first of eight shows yesterday morning.
Mr Mann contacted Lloyd and he agreed that the 27-year old book would make a great play or musical.
``I thought this would be ideal for children _ it's a different type of nativity play, there's no shepherds in this one,'' Mr Mann said.
The storyline follows that of Captain Cat, a former sea cat, that finds solace in a church run by Vicar Mole, who has a choir of mice.
As members of the choir disappear and Captain Cat's girth increases, suspicions are aroused that he's been eating them.
Entry is free. However, people are invited to provide a gold coin donation to go to Anglicare and St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas appeals.
The 45-minute performance starts at 11am and 1.30pm today and at 10am and 1.30pm tomorrow and Friday.