Performance 'to give you the chills'

PUBLISHED: 09:01 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:40 31 May 2010

Les Miserables.
Newport Free Grammar School.
January 19, 2009.
Photograph by Michael Boyton.
Pic shows: Javert grabs Jean Valjean. In the background, people who have been blown up on the barricade.
Names (L-R): Joe McNally (as Jean Valjean); David East (as Javert).

Les Miserables. Newport Free Grammar School. January 19, 2009. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: Javert grabs Jean Valjean. In the background, people who have been blown up on the barricade. Names (L-R): Joe McNally (as Jean Valjean); David East (as Javert).

NEWPORT Free Grammar School students are staging an ambitious production of Les Misérables. The production runs from Wednesday to Saturday, January 28-31, starting at 7.30pm in the school hall. The cast is drawn from years 7 to13, and is full of talented

NEWPORT Free Grammar School students are staging an ambitious production of Les Misérables.

The production runs from Wednesday to Saturday, January 28-31, starting at 7.30pm in the school hall.

The cast is drawn from years 7 to13, and is full of talented actors and actresses.

Acting head of drama at the school, James Fletcher, said: "Auditions for the show started in September and the audition process took over one month.

"There were many talented actors and singers who have shown commitment from day one of the rehearsal process, giving up their own time during lunchtime and after school.

"I am extremely proud of what they have achieved. Their singing and acting is amazing and is guaranteed to give you chills."

The production will also be the last show for head of music Nigel Partridge, the musical director, who retires at the end of the academic year.

"For both Mr Partridge and me, working with these students is like working with professional actors," added Mr Fletcher. "They are certainly good enough to star in the West end version of this musical."

A few tickets for the show are still available from the school by calling in to the office or phoning 01799 540237.

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