Talented students all set for Les Mis curtain call

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PUPILS at a Scarborough school are gearing up for a sell-out performance of a world renowned production.

The 100 Performing Arts students from Scalby School are carrying out last minute rehearsals ahead of their four night version of Les Misérables, which opens at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on Wednesday, February 9.

The youngsters will be performing the school version of the West End classic which will be slightly shorter than the original but still focus on the main themes of Victor Hugo’s 1862 French novel.

This is the first time the school’s annual performance has sold out in the weeks before the show, and with all props and costumes now completed, students this week held full run through rehearsals as the big day looms ever larger.

Teacher Chris Taylor said preparation for the production, which follows ex-convict Jean Valjean through a journey of law and grace, the history of France and political and moral philosophy, were going well and was delighted with the attitude and fervent interest of pupils.

He said: “I’m really pleased with how the preparations are going and the students are working so hard.

“Everyone is buzzing about the show and this year we have around half of the students who have not taken part in our productions before, so it will be nice for them.

“The production will be a real challenge because this one is the big one. Last year was a bit more of a laugh and some fun but Les Misérables is completely different.

“We have a number of students who have taken on very big roles including Year Seven girls Holly Louth and Molly Waring, who are playing Cosette and Gavroche respectively, with James Cunningham and Andrew Howson also having large parts.

The show will feature four evening performances, all starting at 7.30pm.