Student stars lighting the way with musical

SHOWTIME: The cast from the Academy at Shotton Hall's production of Les Mis�rables
SHOWTIME: The cast from the Academy at Shotton Hall's production of Les Mis�rables

A WORLD-famous musical has hit a school stage.

Students from The Academy at Shotton Hall in Peterlee are putting on a performance of Les Misérables.

The three shows, which started last night and continue until tomorrow, have been backed by a professional seven piece live band, whose musicians regularly perform in theatres across the region.

Music teacher Daniel Robson said: “Les Misérables is my first show at the Academy, and I couldn’t wait to bring a piece of the West End to Peterlee.
“The 30 students have been rehearsing since January and from the outset, we have treated them not as school children, but as a ‘stage company’ just as they would experience in larger professional productions.
“They have relished this treatment and have certainly stepped up to the mark.”

Mr Robson has brought his experience as a professional trumpet player in West End shows such as Matilda and Les Misérables to the school production, and has been working in partnership with fellow producer and professional actress Kathryn Ackley.

Kathryn, the community arts co-ordinator at the school, added: “We have given every student in the cast the opportunity to work on a challenging musical piece that stretches their singing and acting skills and enhances their arts learning.”