PERFORMING students had a Bognor Regis school’s hall rocking with their spectacular amateur production.
The Regis School staged Ben Elton’s lively musical, We/Schools Will Rock You, based on the music of the legendary rock band Queen.
There were four performances, including a matinee performance to Year 6 pupils from Southway Primary School, and three consecutive evening performance. Some of them were complete sell-outs with an average attendance of about 140.
The 37-strong cast was a mix of students representing all year groups within the school.
The performances included stunning solo singing performances from students Jade Brighten, Alex Ralf, Ellie Bicker, Jamie Loake and Max Webb and principal performers Josh Crossley and Maria Wayne.
Jolie Lelliott directed and produced the show. She said: “I have really enjoyed directing the show from start to finish. It has been fantastic to work with such a dedicated and enthusiastic cast. Rehearsals have been a lot of hard work but great fun.
“I have especially enjoyed working closely on the acting and movement with my colleagues, Freya Hutchison and Kim Meaney. Seeing it all come together with the music and singing the students have done with music teachers Tracey George and Vic Walker has been brilliant. I am very proud of what the students have achieved.”
The show featured hits such a Radio Ga-Ga and Bohemian Rhapsody and the production featured a live band comprised of four sixth-form musicians – Amelia Green, Aaron White, Robson Hawkins, Adam Bartlett and a Year-11 pupil, Myles Malyon.
The band was conducted by music teacher/director Tracey George.
The appearance of the performance was enhanced by futuristic and colourful projected footage and animation, organised and edited by media technician Tim Hills whose excellent work with the sound and lighting was helped by budding student technician Tom Halliday.