Cromer Academy pupils performing Disney’s High School Musical

Cast members of students ahead of the High School Musical production at Cromer Academy. in the lead

Cast members of students ahead of the High School Musical production at Cromer Academy. in the lead roles are Ellen Hedge as Gabriella and Fred Cooper as Troy. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Budding performers will be re-enacting a popular teenage musical at a coastal school next week.

Cromer Academy is putting on the stage version of Disney's High School Musical on Wednesday March 18 and Thursday March 19 at 7pm.

It will star 30 students from the academy aged 11-15 and a chorus of 20 children, aged nine-11, from Cromer Junior School.

The hit musical is a modern day adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

It follows the story of two American high school juniors from rival cliques who try out for lead parts in their high school musical, which divides the school.

The lead role of Troy Bolton, captain of the basketball team, is played by Fred Cooper, 13, from Cromer.

Academy student Ellen Hedge, 14, from Cromer, plays the other lead part of Gabriella Montez - a shy transfer student who excels in maths and science.

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The production has been directed by Nicola Hough, curriculum leader for performing arts at Cromer Academy, and drama teacher Carl Hensley.

Mrs Hough said: 'We are really excited about being able to perform this. The students have worked really hard for quite a few months and they are looking forward to getting on the stage. There is lots of singing and dancing.

'They have achieved so much. Some of the cast are new to performing and they have done tremendously well.'

The play has a lot of main roles for younger students who do not normally have opportunities to perform principal characters in school productions.

Mrs Hough said that encouraged more younger people to get involved in productions.

'Being part of a team and working together for a number of months takes a lot of commitment. It also gives the students a lot of confidence,' she added.

Mrs Hough said performing gave quieter children confidence in other areas of school life.

She believed the musical was popular with teenagers and children because the story mirrored the problems they faced in school, which allowed them to relate to the characters.

The show starts at 7pm on both nights and tickets cost £4 or adults and £2 for children and senior citizens. A family ticket for two adults and two children costs £10.

To book call the school on 01263 511433.

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