Nearly 90 students, from Years 7-13, took to the stage for a week-long sold out run of performances of the popular West End musical, ‘Chicago’.
Starting with two matinee performances in front of invited primary school guests, students wowed audiences with the ‘High School Edition’ renditions of classic numbers including ‘All that Jazz’, ‘We Both Reached for the Gun’ and ‘Cell Block Tango’.
Three sold-out evening performances followed, with over 600 family members, friends, staff and members of the local community enjoying the thrilling production. Audiences were transported to the city of Chicago, following the tale of two women accused of murder; Velma Kelly (played by Year 13 student, Holly Flory) and Roxy Hart (played by Year 13 student, Ellie Jackson) and their fight for fame and fortune under the media spotlight.
Other notable performances came from Matt Baker’s portrayal of lawyer to the stars, Billy Flynn, Tia Winsborrow as Mama Morton and Tom Carter as Roxie Hart’s long-suffering husband, Amos. The performance was supported by a live band of staff and students and a team of backstage crew.
Audience member and Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Newton Abbot, Mike Joyce, said of the show: “It never fails to amaze me, as an individual of the local community, the amount of talent that this town of Newton Abbot has at its disposal; time after time the standard of the various productions that are offered to the residents of this town just seems to improve. So well done to each and every student who took part in this yet another great evening’s entertainment; you should be justly proud of yourselves both on stage and those supporting you behind the scenes.”
Show Director and Teacher of Performing Arts, Sarah Wilkinson, said: “ ‘Chicago’ has been the culmination of well over six months of rehearsals, dance practice, music rehearsals, set design, costume design and prop organisation. The level of professionalism, hard work, dedication and sense of community that has accompanied this production is without compare. I can’t thank our students enough for what they have bought alive on the stage and the family, friends, College staff and members of the local community who have come along to watch the shows.”