the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
Schools Coming Together for Les Misérables
02 October 2015
From Wednesday 7 October, tickets will go on general sale and due to the huge demand for tickets we advise that anyone wishing to purchase tickets must do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
The production will be the biggest and most challenging show the school has ever staged featuring over one hundred and fifty students and professional musicians. The Octagon will be transformed into 19th Century Paris with professional Les Misérables set and period costumes. The students will be supported by an orchestra of professional musicians who together will bring the enormous musical score to life.
Girls have been working closely with boys from several schools in the area and we are delighted to be forming new partnerships with other departments in local schools. Male students from Solihull School, Old Swinford, The Priory School, King Edwards Five Ways and Camp Hill Boys School will be supporting this production and performing alongside Edgbaston High Students. It is the first time Edgbaston High has collaborated with such a large range of schools in a musical production.
The very special Gala performance will include a free programme, pre performance talk by a West End artist, complimentary champagne with nibbles and free entry into a prize draw for some exclusive items presented by local businesses. The dress code for the Gala Evening is formal attire and must surely be the highlight of the school calendar.
In a recent student survey of the cast, performers listed many of their favourite aspects about being a part of this production; the overriding feel was that of enjoying working with other schools.
Emily Hurst (age 13 - Chorus member)"I have found the experience very enjoyable all round, from the hilarious singing warm ups to getting into character for the stage. My favourite part has been seeing the show come to life since we first began rehearsals."
Tom Carson (age 17 Solihull School - Valjean)"It's been nice to work on Les Mis again with a different set of people. While the vocals are challenging it is a great score and all the music has been fun to learn."
Beatrice Kessedjian (age 16 - several roles including guard, farmer and clothes seller)"Getting to know the wonderful cast! It's been lovely to watch and be involved with how a production comes together."
Mr. Robson (Musical Director)"Bringing together performers from six different schools has been an enormous logistical challenge, and far more difficult than I had originally expected. I have really loved watching the students get to know each other and explore each of the different characters. Mr Lane, Mr Berman and Mrs Ehiogu and the team never fail to make me laugh - wonderful experience!"
Tickets are priced at £15 (£12 Concessions: Under 16, over 65 or disabled) for all performances apart from the Friday Evening Gala which is priced at £25. The Gala will be opening with a guest speaker and during an extended interval, canapés and drinks will be served. Please do put the performance dates in your diary and spread the word to your family, friends and colleagues; we'd be delighted to welcome them to the school.