Pupils from Wales High School performed one of the world’s most popular musicals in front of over a thousand people. Youngsters took Les Miserable from the West End to the school stage in a specially edited production of Victor Hugo’s classic tale of revenge and redemption in revolutionary France.
Students from Year 7 to the Sixth Form worked tirelessly with staff to create the scenery, live music, drama and songs of a show that was first performed in London over thirty years ago.
Assistant Head Teacher Paul Stanton took the role of director for the show and said “I’m so proud of every single student.
I don’t think any of us will forget it. We have had some lovely feedback from people who came along and the thought that we have all had that effect on people only makes the memory more special”
Work on the musical started back in June this year and Y13 pupil George Woodward, who played Javert, said “Despite most of us leaving on a new adventure next summer, there is no chance that we can forget this moment, standing shoulder to shoulder for one last hoorah”
Head Teacher Pepe Di’Iasio explained “The school musical is a long standing tradition at Wales High. Our production was further evidence of the ways in which Wales High School provides an outstanding creative, cultural and social dimension to its consistently impressive academic curriculum. We are evidently and honestly committed to development of the whole child, the whole young person.
The production will have left permanent gains and indelible memories with all the young people involved. The school has demonstrated again that the student experience at Wales is as memorable as it is effective.