Easter Holiday Workshop - YT93
Saint Ronan’s School were one of the first schools in the area to perform Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK this Easter.
It is 40 years since Webber’s production of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dream coat made its debut and following in its footsteps Sir Andrew made School of Rock available to schools to perform the West End hit which has recently just just been awarded “outstanding achievement in music” at the Olivier awards.
27 students were joined during the Easter Holidays at St Ronan’s School by ex- students from local Performing Arts Academy YT93 who played the adult leads. Dave Sandham (Miller) played the struggling rock star Dewey with incredible energy and the students loved him on and offstage.
“Thank you so much for all your hard work to deliver such a wonderful performance on Friday, the children had an amazing time and Eliza (Summer) so so so loved especially working with Dewey!” I. Tompsett (parent).
“That was a fantastic week and fantastic show. You really showed how much can really be done within only one week. I loved seeing so much talent put together brilliantly. It was very impressive.” A Powell (parent). The show really gave an insight into the student’s individual talents vocally and musically. The show had an on-stage children’s band including Giles Penny (guitar) and Max Yates (drums) plus an off-stage adult pit band with two dad’s supporting! Mr Jerome Davies on bass guitar and Chris Tompsett on drums lead brilliantly by Sam Easton and Tony Pape.The team slowly looked at students over the few weeks before the Easter Show Week and soon saw them grow into the parts. “We had some fantastic surprises and landed us a real life Tomika! We were totally stunned with Evie Shimmin she totally blew us away with her vocals and still seems unaware of her talent. It goes to show the true sentiment of this musical in discovering what the students are really capable of achieving if given the support and opportunity to shine. I want to especially thank my partner Marc Henderson for nurturing their talents‘. Christina Yates Principal YT93.
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