Performing arts pupils put on global stage sensation

Performing arts pupils put on global stage sensation

21st January 2015


STUDENTS are preparing to become rock royalty as they stage an extravaganza that has proved to be a global sensation for more than a decade.

Rehearsals are well under way for Richmond School and Sixth Form College’s musical production We Will Rock You, based on the legendary songs of Queen.

The spectacular, with script by comedy writer Ben Elton, opened in the West End in 2002, and has toured the world, including Singapore, Cape Town, and Melbourne.

Set in an Orwellian 1984-like society, individual thought and expression are banned along with live music.

Galileo, played by Year 12 student Lewis Hayes, and Scaramouche, Year 13 Freya Mawhinny, become rebels who escape a world run by Killer Queen and the Globalsoft Corperation. They find a group of fellow Bohemians led by Britney and Meat, played by sixth formers Billy Gaines and Clara Wade, respectively.

Head of Music Andy King said: “We are really looking forward to a brilliant show. Everyone has been working very hard since the start of the year and now we are into the final weeks of rehearsal it’s starting to get very exciting.

“We are lucky to have an extremely talented cast, along with some brilliant musicians playing in the band.”

Performances are due to be staged from February 11-13. Tickets are £6 adults and £4 for concessions; contact Sophie Hutchinson on (01748) 828133.

Richmond School and Sixth Form College has an enviable reputation for music. Last year students enjoyed a prestigious trip to France during which they performed at Disneyland Paris.

The trip to France followed an exciting period that saw the school’s Chamber Choir win the performance prize at the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham.

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