Pupils at Grangemouth High School are sure to have the ‘royal’ seal of approval for this year’s end-of-term musical.
The talented bunch are performing ‘We Will Rock You’ next week.
Based on the songs of the legendary group Queen, it has played to audiences of over 13 million worldwide since the curtain was first raised on the production 11 years ago. And while the Grangemouth youngsters will not be playing to quite as many as that next week, they are guaranteed packed houses for their shows from Wednesday to Friday, June 5-7.
The school’s dedicated music and drama department has never resisted the challenge of tackling musicals which some may consider too difficult for young casts.
‘We Will Rock You’ is still playing at the Dominion Theatre in London, but the version the pupils are performing has been specially adapted for schools, but the breadth of the musical numbers, along with the intense dance routines, make it a show not for a faint-hearted cast – but that’s certainly not Grangemouth High’s style.
And when musical director Sheena Graham decided ‘Help, I need somebody! Help! Not just anybody!’, she had a number of talented teenagers queuing up for roles.
Rehearsals have been underway since before Christmas and every lunchtime pupils have been put through their paces as they tackle learning the script and musical numbers.
‘We Will Rock You’ tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to bring back live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and does the same. Musical instruments are banned and rock music is all but unknown ... but our intrepid cast attempt to change that.
Laura Ireland, who is in charge of the drama side of the show, said: “The kids didn’t really know the songs when we started out, but they all love Queen now.
“We picked this show because it suits the group of pupils we are working with. There are a number of really big roles which require strong singers and the characters of those who have been given the leads really suit their roles.
“It’s been a real challenge but the finished result is very impressive.”
With 36 pupils on stage and many more helping behind the scenes, this is once again a team effort.
And highlighting the commitment towards the school, choreographer Caroline Burnside is a former pupil who has returned to work with today’s youngsters.
Taking the lead roles are Chris Foley (Galileo), Mollie McFarlane (Scaramouche), Ross Evans (Britney), Laura Blair (Meat), Jack Wiggins (Khashoggi), Claudia Anderson (Killer Queen), Louisa Foley (Teacher) and Erika Campbell (Pop).
Tickets cost £8 and £5 with a family ticket for £24. These can be purchased from the school office by calling (01324) 660210 or at the door on the night.