Pupils from Mount St Mary’s College and Barlborough Hall School performed a three night sell-out run of Les Misérables to a Sheffield theatre and won consecutive standing ovations as the curtain fell.
The cast, ranging in age from 8 to 18-years-old, performed for over 1,200 people over the three nights, including the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Denise Fox. Many months of rehearsals totalling well over 100 hours paid off, as the pupils expertly delivered what is a demanding and much loved show.
Headmaster, Dr Nicholas Cuddihy said, “It was outstanding and I am immensely proud. What a brilliant showcase of our pupils’ abilities. I have been inundated with praise for them by members of the audience, which included a significant number of people who aren’t connected to the school but know of our musical reputation and for that reason alone bought tickets.”
The school, in the village of Spinkhill near Sheffield, is renowned for its prowess in the field of performing arts. Pupils won 50 of the 57 classes they entered in the Worksop Festival of Music and Drama 2015 and have recently returned from a hugely successful tour to Rome where 100 choristers gave a series of concerts and sung Mass in St Peter’s Basilica in The Vatican.
Director of Music, Mrs Lucy Kitchener, said, “We knew that this show would be exciting when we auditioned the pupils nine months ago. The principals are exceptional singers who have superb vocal technique thanks to their teachers, husband and wife team Katharine Prestwood and Jonathan Mugridge.
“This was a large cast of around 65 pupils which demonstrated not just a few good individuals but a breadth of talent across all years in the school. We are immensely proud of this production and are delighted that our audiences appreciated the quality of the pupils’ performances,” added Mrs Kitchener.
Mr Jack Murphy, Deputy Head Pastoral and Head of Sixth Form, co-directed the play with Jonathan Mugridge, vocal coach and choirmaster. The set was built by Mr Murphy’s father.