Crucible stage for school’s most ambitious production

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When it comes to school plays, High Storrs is aiming to show it is a cut above the rest.

Its performance of Sweeney Todd - the Demon Barber of Fleet Street - is its most ambitious production yet at the Crucible Theatre.

Students are geared up for performances tomorrow night and on Saturday afternoon and night under the guidance of Carl Jeffrey, who is leader in learning for drama.

“We’ve really gone for it this year,” said High Storrs marketing co-ordinator Abi Merritt. “It’s the first year that Carl Jeffery has been involved since he became head of drama last September. He wanted to challenge himself and the whole school.”

Previous years have seen students from the specialist school for performing arts take to the Crucible stage for Billy Elliott and A Midsummer Night’s A Dream.

“It’s a really good experience for the kids to stand on a professional stage. They all say they get a lot out of it.”

Sweeney Todd is played by Eddie-Joe Robinson, a member of the National Youth Theatre, as is Ned Cooper (Judge Turpin). Esme Moxley is pie shop owner Mrs Lovett.

Pupils have been involved in everything from designing the posters to producing fake blood. The school orchestra provides the music.

“Everyone is getting quite nervous, but in a good way,” added Abi. “The kids are singing their lines and dancing. It’s like Glee here!”