Performance of Les Misérables wins standing ovation

Pupils 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 from Mount St Mary’s and Barlborough Hall, ranging in age from eight to 18-years-old, performed at The Montgomery Theatre. More than 1,200 people enjoyed the performance over 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.”

We are renowned for our prowess in the field of performing arts. Our senior 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.

"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.

Former headteacher of Mount St Mary’s, Fr Tony Nye SJ was a guest on the first night. "It was absolutely excellent” he observed “I thoroughly enjoyed myself, a real treat.”

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.

We have a strong tradition of musical excellence. Many pupils have individual lessons on at least one musical instrument, and one third of the pupil body sing in one of five choirs. There are numerous opportunities to excel in instrumental ensembles, including the well-established jazz band which features a number of music scholars.

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