Do you hear the CHILDREN sing?
Exclusive Musical Theatre Workshop
Ysgol Dinas Brân, Llangollen, has a long and proud tradition of Musical Theatre, performing to audiences in the Dee Valley to great acclaim. Over the past six months, a talented young cast has been working on Les Misérables (School Edition), the most ambitious production to date, staged by the school.
Boublil and Schonberg’s epic musical tale of broken dreams, passion and redemption, set against the 19th century backdrop of the French nation, in the grip of revolution, is a particularly challenging musical for young voices, being such an intense and dramatic piece.
Due to its formidable singing and acting requirements, Les Misérables is a feat to perform skilfully at high school level but this 60-strong young cast are getting ready to surpass all challenges in their revolutionary performances). Indeed, the school is giving plenty of blossoming performers a chance to do so, by having different soloists playing certain major parts, on each of the four nights.
To help put the final touches to what promises to be an outstanding production, on Friday 26 January 2018, the school in partnership with Denbighshire’s Curriculum Enrichment initiative, hosted a workshop, to give students an insight into the history of the musical ‘Les Misérables’ and the stagecraft used during the performance. In the very experienced hands of Rob Houchen, Musical Theatre Actor, who brought to life the timeless character, Marius, in the West End’s Les Misérables, they could not have been better taught.
“It’s been absolutely amazing being taught by someone who’s actually been in Les Misérables in the West End”, said one young cast member. “It has been really cool because Rob has really helped us. He appreciates the way we’re doing it. We’re really proud of ourselves”.
Miss Elin Parry, Head of Drama, who is directing the school production said, “This is the biggest show we’ve ever done. We felt that we were ready to tackle the challenge of Les Misérables. It’s been a hard slog and six months of intensive rehearsals but I couldn’t be prouder of the cast, crew and musicians”.
Ms Debbie Neal Head of Music added, “It has always been my dream to do this production; the music has the power to bring our audience to tears. It was an invaluable opportunity for our students to work with Rob”.
“I’ve been amazed by the talent in the school taking on a complex production”, said Rob Houchen, “I’m sure it will be a production to remember and I look forward to reading rave reviews”.
One thing’s for certain, there’ll be no “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” at any of Ysgol Dinas Brân’s performances!