Brampton school rocks the house with latest show
Last updated at 18:05, Thursday, 05 April 2012
Following acclaimed performances of Les Miserables last year, pupils at William Howard School decided to pick something completely different for this year’s musical.
Filled with well-known anthems by Queen, We Will Rock You saw the Brampton secondary move away from classical songs in favour of a more modern, vibrant show.
“Last year Les Miserables was so successful we knew it was going to be a hard act to follow,” said the school’s head of drama, Barbara Hindley.
“We wanted to do something totally different so we went for rock. The pupils loved it, they knew the songs and some of them had seen it so they were all really enthusiastic.”
After months of rehearsals and preparations, the school staged five performances last week, including two matinees for local primary schools.
The lead parts of Galileo and Scaramouche were played by Jake Moscrop and Sally Irving, both 18. Other key characters were Meatloaf, played by Sarah Foster, 16, and Britney Spears, played by 17-year-old Adam Gass.
And Mrs Hindley pointed out that the experience wasn’t just for the older pupils.
“The great thing about the William Howard school play is that it’s open to everyone – anyone who wants to be involved can be – we have pupils from year seven to year 13,” she said.
“The soloists are predominantly in the upper years and generally those in the chorus are younger, but there is some amazing talent right across the school.
“There are also opportunities to get involved with make-up and costume – we have some very talented lighting technicians, too.”
And it is not just signing and dancing. The music is played by a band made up of pupils from across all age groups, with 18-year-old George Cooke standing out with his guitar solos.
Mrs Hindley added: “It’s been brilliant.
“They were all wonderful. I don’t know how we’re going to top it next year.”
First published at 14:21, Thursday, 05 April 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk
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