Young performers star in all-American musical at Norwich Theatre Royal

High School Prom Queen at Norwich Theatre Royal. Photo: submitted.

High School Prom Queen at Norwich Theatre Royal. Photo: submitted. - Credit: submitted

Young performers have been taking to the stage this week in an all-American musical at Norwich Theatre Royal.

High School Prom Queen, presented by Norwich Theatre Royal Youth Company, follows the events at Swallow Falls High School in the run-up to the all-important end-of-year festivities.

Student Lily is aiming to re-claim her title of Prom Queen but someone else is after her crown, meanwhile an English exchange student who could have connections to the gentry has also arrived and the school principal does not even want a prom.

Jack Reynolds, who plays Principal Butters, said: 'High School Prom Queen is a slice of life at an American high school but it is also a story about moving on. There is lots of comedy, some great dance numbers too, and it is also fun for all the family.'

It has also been particularly poignant for the older members of the cast as it brings back memories of leaving school or college.

Savanah Gray, who plays Andrea Alestra, said: 'Some of us have already been through this and doing the show means that it has finally hit us that we are moving on with our lives. People will also be leaving the Youth Company too and that has affected us as we are a bit like a family.'

One of the big challenges has been mastering the US accent. Jack said: 'One of the hardest parts of the show is singing in an American accent. Anyone can do a spoof accent but to be able to hold a note and project powerfully as well is really hard. It has been really important for us to get our technique and our sound right.'

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David Lambert, who has written and directed the show alongside his work as director of the Norwich Theatre Royal Arts Courses, said the show features some strong themes in among the American high school glitz and glamour.

'It is about the angst that young people face at this time of year as they think about what the future holds,' he said.

'This show is also for all ages from the youngest child to your great-great-granny. There are some great songs, lots of comedy, a little sadness, some great jokes, and oodles of glitter!'

The show is at the theatre until tomorrow (Saturday, August 6). To book, call 01603 630000 or visit

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