In November of 2013 Robert Smyth Academy hosted its first musical in five years, ‘We will Rock You’. It proved to be a huge success with the general public, parents and students commenting on how professional the production was.
The show, which involved over 70 students on stage and behind the scenes, was a fantastic success. There were 3 evening performances from Thursday 21st through to Saturday 23rd November, which were all a sell-out, and one matinee performance for feeder primary schools attended by 270 children from 8 local primary schools. Whilst there had been auditions for the principal acting and dancing roles, the chorus parts were open to all students interested in taking part. The production was directed by Bloom, Head of Drama, and choreographed by Marie Routledge, Head of Dance. The story line was based around 23 Queen songs, which were all performed live by an 8-piece rock band consisting entirely of a mixture of GCSE and A level Music students and directed from the piano by Helle Petersen, Head of Music.
Quotes from three audience members:
“We felt we needed to tell you what a fantastic time we had on Friday when we came to see “We Will Rock You”. Having had 3 children at the school, the last one left 4 years ago, we knew the evening would be good but it exceeded all our expectations. All the usual words that say something is “good” don’t seem to apply to our experience on Friday. We loved it from start to finish! The cast, particularly the main parts, were exceptional, the musicians brilliant, the sound, lighting, choreography…..everything excellent. Absolutely “Well done” to all.”
“Wow – we’re still recovering from the phenomenal We Will Rock You show on Friday night! An outstanding production with amazing performances. Music, choreography and staging also of the highest standard.”
“My family came from far afield to watch it and have had to watch many of their own school productions so had something to compare it to and they too said it surpassed any of their school productions. They couldn’t believe the school had so much talent under one roof.”