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We Will Rock You! Record ticket sales for our epic production.

We Will Rock You! Record ticket sales for our epic production.

Record audiences helped us save live rock music during our epic school production of We Will Rock You, which ran for four performances between 6-8 February 2020. The musical, written by Ben Elton, features the songs of Queen – and guests clapped along and stamped their feet to hits including Radio Ga Ga, Bohemian Rhapsody and of course, We Will Rock you.

Set in the future, the story tells of a time where the Earth is ruled by the Killer Queen who dictates that music should be mass produced for money. The Bohemians have rebelled against this. They lie in hiding and await the legendary ‘Dreamer’ who will bring live music back to the world and destroy the soulless consumer driven manufactured music.

Talented students from all year groups auditioned for a role back in September, and have been working hard on rehearsals three times a week since then. Audiences were mesmerised by the stunning dance routines and fantastic performances of Queen songs.

The cast included a large ensemble of over 40 students, some of whom have appeared in many academy shows and some of whom treaded the boards for the first time. Our heroes– the rebellious Bohemians Galileo Figaro and Scaramouche, were played by Year 7 students William and Leyli. You might have spotted talented William on Hollyoaks, where he plays Lucas Hay.

One of our most prolific actors of recent years is Year 10 student Sean. She started in the chorus of Grease back in 2017, and then moved on to leading roles in The Wiz and Chicago, before taking on the role of the villainous Killer Queen. She said, “It was an amazing experience taking part in the show. It was the most challenging and enjoyable show yet”. Another Year 10 student who is familiar to our regular audiences is Harriet who made a great impact with a heart-stirring rendition of No One But You.

The production was by far the most ambitious ever staged by the academy. Live music was provided by a talented orchestra of staff and students. Backstage, a large team of staff and students managed the huge set, the lasers, smoke effects, lighting and sound.

We are very grateful to everyone that came to watch the show and to everyone who supported it – we look forward to putting on our next show!