Students ready to take the stage in sell-out show

Published date: 14 April 2015 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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Pupils receiving coaching from West End actor Kane Parry. 

From left, Michael Jenkins, Performing Arts lecturer at Shrewsbury College, and West End actor Kane Parry. 

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STUDENTS from Shrewsbury College are preparing to hit the stage for tomorrow’s opening night production of the sold out ‘A Night at the Musicals’. 

With a cast of more than 100 and ensembles from some of the most popular and much loved musicals, the show promises to be a night to remember. 

Performing Arts students will be showcasing sections from Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat,  Mary Poppins, Chicago, Nunsense, Disney’s Newsies, Les Miserables, Urinetown and Guys and Dolls. 

The upbeat musical numbers have been integrated into a romantic comedy with a script written by Vicki Duckett of Vested Interest - the college’s in-house theatre company. 

The show will take place for two nights at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury, tomorrow (Wednesday, April 15) and Thursday (April 16), at 7.30pm. 

Tickets have sold out prior to the show hitting the stage, and during rehearsals students were lucky enough to receive coaching from West End actor Kane Parry, who also choreographed one of the musical theatre numbers for the show. 

Kane recently played Robbie the Stockfish, in the West End production of Urinetown, and is currently starring in the English National Opera’s production of Sweeney Todd, where he is appearing alongside Oscar winning actress, Emma Thompson and renowned Welsh opera singer, Bryn Terfel. 

Mr Parry said: “I loved directing the students, they worked just like professionals listening to everything being asked of them by myself and lecturer, Michael. I wish them all the best in their performances and I can't wait to see how it’s developed.” 

Michael Jenkins, Performing Arts lecturer at Shrewsbury College and director of the show, said: “The students have been working extremely hard and with the help from Vicki, who has written a spectacular script and Kane, whose expert advice and experience inspired the students, we believe we’ve created an extremely entertaining show."

He added: “Audiences will also get a little taster of this summer’s production of Guys and Dolls.” 

For more information regarding Performing Arts courses at Shrewsbury College, telephone 01743 342411 or visit www.shrewsbury.ac.uk. 

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