All set for musical treat at Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft
PUBLISHED: 17:07 18 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:07 18 February 2015
It is a musical production that took Broadway by storm, sparking US and UK tours before becoming a favourite for school, community and regional theatres.
But students in Lowestoft will be presenting their own production of Seussical the Musical later this month.
Cast members at Ormiston Denes Academy have been busy rehearsing since the end of September for three performances of the show, which is based largely around the books of Dr Seuss.
And with audiences being promised an action-packed evening of entertainment, staff are confident of repeating the success of the academy’s last production – High School Musical 2.
About 35 students from years seven to 11 will be showing off their dancing, singing and acting skills in a “challenging” production where the whole show is set to music.
Ormiston Denes’ head of drama Laura Catchpole, who is leading the production, said: “The whole show is really musically orientated and different to what we have done before. We had about 80 pupils audition and we have a couple of year-11 students that have performed in all of our shows.”
In the build-up to the shows, the students received favourable comments and lots of good feedback after flash dances were successfully held over two Saturday’s recently in Lowestoft town centre.
With a cast of strong singers, students from years seven, eight, nine, 10 and 11 all feature in The Chorus with Joe Flatt taking on the role of Cat in the Hat, James Tree cast as JoJo and Alex Day playing Horton.
It also features a live student-led band that includes three members of staff, and some ex-students have returned to the academy to help out with the production.
Laura Catchpole added: “There’s six minutes in the whole show that has not got any music – it is continuous.
“So it is a challenge and it’s definitely been more challenging for our music department, as they only have six minutes break throughout the whole show.
“The songs are really catchy and with most of them there is a jazz vibe, which is really upbeat. The show is really popular in America and Canada, so come and watch these talented performers – as this show is all down to them.”
With rehearsals continuing through lunchtimes, after school and over some weekends, costumes are now being fitted as preparations reach a crescendo ahead of the curtain call for the first show on February 24.
The students will perform the show to youngsters from year-six feeder schools when they return after half-term, and then the stage will be set for the three shows at the end of this month.
Seussical the Musical will be performed at Ormiston Denes Academy in Yarmouth Road, Lowestoft, at 7pm on Tuesday, February 24, Wednesday, February 25, and Thursday, February 26. Tickets are still available online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/74205