Show goes on for students

ONE of the world's most famous musicals is being showcased at a town school this week.

Talented students from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College are performing legendary French production Les Miserables.

It is 25 years since the show was first performed on the stage, so the school decided to mark the anniversary with a performance of its own.

Around 70 pupils are involved in the show, with a choir and a full orchestra accompanying the cast.

Youngsters ranging in age from 11 to 18 have spent many hours rehearsing for the show, which is one of the stage's most challenging productions.

Drama teacher Debbie Hayes, who is the director of the show, said: "It has probably been one of the most complex and challenging shows we have put on because of the complexity of the score.

"If it wasn't for the fact we have such a talented team, we would not have even been able to put it on.

"We've only been rehearsing since the beginning of September and it ha taken a great deal of dedication from the students.

"They have had to practice three nights a week as well as giving up their time on a weekend.

"They have done really well to turn out and rehearse even after a tiring day in school."

Tonight is the penultimate night of the production and staff are inviting the public to come along and see the show.

Tickets for tonight and tomorrow night's performances cost 6 for adults and 4 for concessions and are available on the door.

The show starts at 7pm and has a running time of two hours 30 minutes