Performing arts students at Rugby College are staging the spectacular Queen musical We Will Rock You this December.
The show, featuring over 20 of Queen’s best-loved anthems and written by Ben Elton, runs from Tuesday 8-Friday 11 December at the college’s purpose-built theatre.
We Will Rock You is set in a dystopian future. Earth is now ‘Planet Mall’, everyone thinks and acts the same way and live music and musical instruments are forbidden. The planet is controlled by the Globalsoft Corporation headed by Killer Queen and Khashoggi, commander of the police.
We follow two rebels, Galileo and Scaramouche as they, along with the a group called the Bohemians, seek to find the Place of Champions – said to hide the last ever musical instruments.
The cast is made up of fifteen second year performing arts students and the show is directed by lecturer David Bird.
Bradley Lintern, 17 from Daventry is playing Britney. He said, “We’ve been rehearsing for a few weeks and we’re now going through the detail with a fine tooth-comb to make sure everything’s on point. We have rehearsals together for singing and choreography, but also have individual time with a professional singing teacher to perfect our songs.
“It’s really important for local people to support us so hopefully we’ll get a good crowd in. We Will Rock You has something for everyone, as even if you don’t normally like musicals, you will know all the songs!”
Lauren Alexander, 22 from Banbury is playing Scaramouche. She said, “I’ve wanted to be in musicals since I was about 9 – I love that I can do singing, dancing and acting all together. I don’t really get nervous before a show – I get a lot of nervous energy, but as soon as I’m on stage I just enjoy performing.”
Director David Bird said, “This show is the most technologically advanced production we’ve ever done – including spectacular lighting and projections.The arts and beauty departments in the college are busy creating the costumes and make-up looks which are so important to the show, so it’s all coming together well.
“I’m really proud of all the students for their commitment and dedication. The songs are very challenging musically, so they’re having to work really hard but I know they will put on an amazing show for the audience.”
The production runs from Tuesday 8 – Friday 11 December at 7pm at Rugby College, Technology Drive, Rugby. Tickets are £7.50 (£5.00 concessions) and can be purchased online at shop.warwickshire.ac.uk or on the door on the night of the show.
For more information about performing arts courses at Rugby College call 0300 456 0049 or go to www.warwickshire.ac.uk/courses.