STUDENTS at South Bromsgrove High played to packed audiences with their production of ‘Billy Elliot’.
The 73-strong cast wowed audiences with the production of this award winning musical with stunning choreography and both funny, and touching, acting and musical performances.
The production was also supported by a talented student production team who created the sets and added dramatic depth to the musical with innovative light and sound.
Set in a mining town in the north of England against the background of the 1984-85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true after his discovers his passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.
The cast was led by Nick Tovey as Billy, Ellie Ford in the role of Mrs Wilkinson, Billy’s dance teacher, Josh Harper played Billy’s dad, Josie Hodge in the role of Grandma and Luke McLinden in the role of Billy’s elder brother Tony.
Matt McGettrick played the role of Billy’s best friend Michael and Madi Copson-Godwin in the role of Debbie. Music was provided by music teacher Chris Cobon and an exceptional pit orchestra of students supported by Charlie McKenzie with harmonies.
The choreography was created by dance teacher Nikki Elsner-Gummery and Lucy Jennings along with dance students.
Chris Sugars, the head of drama, directed the play.
He said: “Producing Billy Elliot has been a huge challenge, but one that our Head of Music, Chris Cobon and I have been keen to take on for many years now, since we ran a trip to see the musical in the West End.
“The whole cast have been tremendously committed throughout and produced stunning performances on the nights. We are so proud of them all.”
Audience member Ron Pearce wrote on the school Facebook page: “Sheer brilliance from the beginning to the end of the performance last night.
“What a talented cast, if some of them don’t end up treading the boards on a West End stage, I shall be mightily surprised.
“The enthusiasm, professionalism and vitality of your cast came through in all the music, singing and dancing, and was so abundantly demonstrated too in the finale and ‘curtain’.”