Famous production for students at Winchester school
31st March 2011
THEY want to live forever!
Pupils at the Westgate School in Winchester got to show off their performing skills this week in a production of Fame.
A cast of 70, the biggest ever for a Westgate production, took to the stage to sing, dance and play instruments in front of sell-out crowds.
The musical is an adaptation of the 1980 film of the same name, telling the story of a group of students at New York’s High School of Performing Arts, trying to make it in show business.
Children aged 13-16 have been working since the first week of September to bring the West End hit musical to Winchester and the director, drama teacher Beverly Kerr, said it was a great opportunity for the children to display their talents.
She said: “Fame has really given us the chance to show off the talent that we have here.
“We wanted to get a play that had lots of parts and lots of lead parts and also because we knew we had the talent in the school to do it.”
Fame is the third musical to be Westgate’s annual production in a row, after Grease and Hairspray, and Ms Kerr said the children are enjoying the experience.
“We have gone down the musical road over the past few years. It brings people in to the productions and the kids get a real buzz out of it.”
The musical closes tonight (Thursday) with a final performance at 7.30pm at the school in Cheriton Road, Fulflood.
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