Aylsham High’s Carousel bitter-sweet triumph for young actors

FINAL CURTAIN: Stars from Aylsham High School's production of Carousel. From left: Charlotte Foster

FINAL CURTAIN: Stars from Aylsham High School's production of Carousel. From left: Charlotte Foster (Mrs Mullins), Chloe Chandler (Julie Jordan), George Wilson (Mr Snow), Hazel Needham (Carrie Snow), Emmie Wright (Nettie Fowler). Front, sitting, from left: Ben Wills (Billy Bigelow), James Hubbard (Jigger). Picture: AMY ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Aylsham High School's hall was packed every night for its recent production of the musical Carousel, and even the matinée performances were a sell-out.

Tears flowed both in the audience, moved by the touching story, and among the cast on the last night as four of the show's principals took their final bows.

Hazel Needham, George Wilson, Chloe Chandler and Charlotte Foster have been in every musical during their five years at Aylsham High - as well as plays and Shakespearean productions - but all are due to leave the school this summer.

Carousel director Hazel Martin thanked the many hundreds who had swelled its audiences and said she was amazed at the show's wonderful reception.

Next year the school will stage its 17th musical, The Sound of Music.


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