Thomas Gainsborough School students thrill audiences in We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You at Thomas Gainsborough School. Picture: MARCELLE CLAXTON

We Will Rock You at Thomas Gainsborough School. Picture: MARCELLE CLAXTON - Credit: Archant

More than 80 students across all year groups at a Sudbury secondary school took part in three sell-out performances of We Will Rock You last week.

Sam Wainwright in Thomas Gainsborough School's production of We Will Rock You. Picture: MARCELLE CLA

Sam Wainwright in Thomas Gainsborough School's production of We Will Rock You. Picture: MARCELLE CLAXTON - Credit: Archant

Pupils at Thomas Gainsborough School took to the stage to perform the Queen musical – which was the school’s biggest and most successful production to date.

Jo Arrow, head of drama at Thomas Gainsborough School, said: “We wanted to follow up the success of last year’s Little Shop of Horrors with something big. This show is huge and great fun with over 20 Queen songs.

Gemma Deacon in Thomas Gainsborough School's We Will Rock You. Picture: MARCELLE CLAXTON

Gemma Deacon in Thomas Gainsborough School's We Will Rock You. Picture: MARCELLE CLAXTON - Credit: Archant

“No matter what the generation, these songs are really well known and the students have loved performing them. From We Are the Champions to Bohemian Rhapsody, I don’t think they realised how many they knew.

“The students’ rendition of the songs were awesome and was really enhanced by having our student band on stage at all times.”

We Will Rock You at Thomas Gainsborough School. Picture: MARCELLE CLAXTON

We Will Rock You at Thomas Gainsborough School. Picture: MARCELLE CLAXTON - Credit: Archant

The school version of the show mimics the successful West End production about the rediscovery of rock music with the lead roles played by Sam Wainwright as Galileo and Shareece Samuels as Scaramouche with supporting roles from Charlie Walder, Gemma Deacon and Oliver Hughes, and sixth former Millie Kirkpatrick as Meat.

Sixth form students from the school also helped design the set and operate sound and West Suffolk College students also supported with make-up.

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Mrs Arrow added: “I am really pleased with how the show has gone. It’s bigger than anything we have done before and everyone rose to the challenge and thoroughly enjoyed it.

“There is a lot written about the arts in schools, but it is great that Thomas Gainsborough School has such a commitment to allowing the arts to flourish. “It is important to build up an interest and love of performing from a young age and we are delighted to be further enhancing this by offering A-level drama next year.”

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