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Two Standing Ovations for Barrow Hills Preformance of Les Misérables


Children from Barrow Hills School showcased their many talents when they staged a spectacular performance of Cameron Mackintosh’s iconic ‘Les Misérables’, the longest running musical in the world which recently celebrated its 32nd anniversary and is still breaking box office records around the globe.

Directed by Head of Drama, Luisa Mason, the cast (made up of Year 8 children) and the chorus (featuring Years 6 & 7), received standing ovations on both nights and delivered performances which exceeded all expectations. Highlights among the cast of exceptional singers, included two girls from Year 3 and Year 4 playing little Eponine and young Cosette, whose captivating performances immediately transported the School to 19th century France.

Luisa said, “It’s been my dream to perform this wonderful musical ever since we took the children to see the West End production last summer. I was impressed and inspired by their enthusiasm and knew then that they had the ability and dedication required to stage this challenging show.”

Working with Director of Music, Mark Wardell, and a strong team of helpers, Luisa had the highest expectations of her Year 8 cast, who rehearsed tirelessly to ensure the production was professional, energetic and emotive.

Luisa added, “Barrow Hills strongly believes in setting ambitious projects for its children, providing opportunities in all subject areas. The children demonstrated total commitment and showed maturity beyond their years. The standing ovations on both nights are a testament to the power of this production.”

Commenting after the performance, Headmaster, Sean Skehan, said, “At Barrow Hills we aspire to live by our school motto ‘We are prepared for greater things’. By choosing such an ambitious musical for Year 8, Luisa Mason has yet again shown just how much the children relish and respond to a challenge. We are enormously proud of them all.”

A bright future certainly awaits these youngsters … when tomorrow comes! (taken from ‘Do you hear the people sing’, Les Misérables).

Published: December 18 2017

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