It’s boogie time in Ponteland as the stage at a community building has been transformed into a 70s disco club.
Students at Ponteland High School are celebrating the dance music of the decade in its latest production by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd.
And audience members of a certain age will be reminded of the colourful outfits that were worn on nights out during the performances of ‘Disco Inferno’ this week.
The plot of the musical is loosely based on the story of Faust.
Working as a barman in a night club called Disco Inferno, Jack dreams of becoming a big success and when the devil makes an offer in the form of Lady Marmalade and Nicky Diablo, he agrees to sell his soul.
The production is packed with classic songs from the 70s, such as Disco Inferno, Celebration and Blame It On The Boogie, as well as Elton John hits Crocodile Rock and Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting, not to mention a Village People medley.
As well as 30 cast members – the main parts are double cast as there are six performances in total – the school band will provide music to accompany the singing and other students are helping out behind the scenes.
The director/producers for the show are staff members Christine Heath and Aly Burridge, who said: “Phil Noble, musical director, was involved in a Disco Inferno production at his last school and it went really well, so we chose it for this year’s show.
“One of the factors in our decision was that the vast majority of adults in the audience will know the songs. It turned out that the students knew quite a few of them as they are big party numbers.
“We’ve stepped things up since Christmas with rehearsals twice during the school week and on some Saturdays and everyone was raring to go for the performances.
“We’ve got some great singers and dancers among the cast and it’s fantastic to see so many lads moving their feet to the music on the stage.
“During the musical, Jack becomes a famous singer and appears on hit television programmes such as Top of the Pops, but he finds his success hollow as he loses his friends and girlfriend.
“He sees the error of his ways and tries to get his life back to the way it used to be.”
The performances, which are being held in Ponteland Memorial Hall, started on Tuesday evening and the remaining shows take place today and tomorrow from 7pm. There will also be two afternoon matinees for middle school pupils in the area.
Tickets, which are priced between £5 and £8, are available from the school office – telephone 01661 824711.