Is Andrew Lloyd Webber set to make stars of two Norwich teenagers who wrote a musical?

Anna Savelli, left, and Iona MacQueen, right, who have written new musical Horizons. Picture: Mustar

Anna Savelli, left, and Iona MacQueen, right, who have written new musical Horizons. Picture: Mustard TV - Credit: Archant

Two 15-year-olds who have caught the attention of a West End legend are set to live the dream tonight as the show they penned takes to the stage.

For the last year and a half Notre Dame High School students Iona MacQueen and Anna Savelli have together written an original script with 20 songs for a brand new musical entitled Horizons.

And now the efforts of the duo have caught the attention of famous composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The year 11 students said they did not set out to write a musical but it just took shape on its own.

It is set in 1939 and focuses on three women from the home front.


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News of the production spread wide and the cast recently received a visit from two West End performers.

But tonight they are preparing for another VIP as a representative from Andrew Lloyd Webber's team is coming to watch the performance. Lloyd Webber is best known for musicals including Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Evita, and The Phantom of the Opera.

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Someone else looking forward to the visit is Chris Ellis, the school's director of music, who received the first run-through of Horizons. It's a production he described as 'absolutely excellent'.

With 57 pupils on stage, 20 in the orchestra and 40 backstage, he said the move towards an original play had been a big undertaking.

Former student, Alex Kennett, 18, had been drafted in to help with the score. And during rehearsals, the cast also received a visit from Nancy Sullivan and David Thaxton, former cast members of Les Miserables, who travelled to Norwich to give the cast pointers on the production.

Horizons opened its doors to the public for the first time last night (Wednesday) and tells the story of Evelyn, Carrie and Rosa who embark on a journey to find their husbands while getting caught up in the dangers of the Second World War.

- Horizons is being performed at Open, on Bank Plain, at 7.30pm until Saturday February 25. Tickets cost £11 for adults, £6 for under 16s and £28 for a family ticket and can be booked via www.horizonsthemusical.com.

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