Kesgrave High School uses micro scooters for innovative Starlight Express performance

Students at Kesgrave High School rehearse for the musical Starlight Express on scooters.

Students at Kesgrave High School rehearse for the musical Starlight Express on scooters. - Credit: Su Anderson

Young stars of the stage at a school in Kesgrave have taken on a musical performance with a difference by using micro scooters.

The Kesgrave High School musical performance of Starlight Express, which runs for two shows tomorrow and Friday, features the unusual addition of 15 scooters supplied by Colchester-based firm Micro Scooters.

The musical, which traditionally features performers on roller skates, is the third musical performed at the school, with teachers opting to make the performance a little bit different from the usual take.

Stuart Race, head of drama at the school, said: “We definitely try to choose the show suitable for the space here, and we want to do something original.

“I emailed Micro Scooters on the off chance and they wrote back saying they would love to help us.

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“They sent 15 scooters we have had since January and it has made the show – they are used in every song.”

The school prides itself on having more than half of the 1,700 pupils cycling to and from school, which prompted the drama teachers to celebrate the feat through its musical.

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Much more than just an innovative exercise though, each scooter has been uniquely used to suit the characters using them, while other cast members have sported space hoppers for the show.

Mr Race added: “The pupils have loved it and I think the audience is going to love it too.”

More than 50 students from across the whole school and sixth form are taking part.

“It’s about the innovation,” Mr Race added. “It’s about getting everyone involved, it’s about trying out things and about the technical side – we are absolutely buzzing!”

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