THE STAGE is set for students at Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College to put on their first school show since the pandemic began.
Actors, singers and dancers at the school have been hard at work in rehearsals to prepare for their upcoming show Matilda.
The cast, which features almost 100 students from Year 7 to Year 11, have been rehearsing several times a week after school, as well as on Saturday mornings, to ensure the show is a hit when the curtains open in June.
The musical, based on Roald Dahl’s book, follow the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her destiny.
Four students will take turns performing in the show’s title role – Year 7 student Isla Iles, Year 8 students Freya Lee and Daisy Adamson, and Emily Adamson from Year 10.
Pperforming arts faculty leader Elisa Wheatley said: “This has been our first opportunity to run a large-scale school show since before the 2020 lockdown. The uptake from our students has been fantastic and I am delighted to say that rehearsals are going really well and we can’t wait to be back on stage.
“Our students are fully committed to the production and are keen to perform in front of sell out audiences.”
Headteacher Alison Davies said: “We are delighted to be able, once again, to open our doors to students, parents, and members of the community to showcase our students’ talents when they take to the stage in Matilda.
“The performing arts are central to our values as a school and we are proud of the opportunities that we are able to provide our students in these subjects.”
The show will run in the school’s theatre for five nights, from Tuesday June 21 to Saturday June 25.