They certainly rocked us – combined success for schools

We Will Rock You performed by pupils of Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools in Morpeth.'Members of the chorus.'Picture by Jane Coltman
We Will Rock You performed by pupils of Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools in Morpeth.'Members of the chorus.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Well, they were certainly ‘wavin’ their banner all over the place’.

The students of Newminster and Chantry schools came together for a superb performance of Ben Elton’s West End hit we will rock you.

We Will Rock You performed by pupils of Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools in Morpeth.'Some of the main characters'Picture by Jane Coltman

We Will Rock You performed by pupils of Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools in Morpeth.'Some of the main characters'Picture by Jane Coltman

The shows, from June 15 until June 17.

The show was a sell out hit for the students with more than 250 students involved.

We Will Rock You is a musical based on the book by Ben Elton.

It tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and does the same. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown.

We Will Rock You performed by pupils of Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools in Morpeth.'Scaramouche played by Olivia Carrick and Galileo played by Adam Kirby'Picture by Jane Coltman

We Will Rock You performed by pupils of Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools in Morpeth.'Scaramouche played by Olivia Carrick and Galileo played by Adam Kirby'Picture by Jane Coltman

Being involved in a production like this has taken huge commitment and involved a lot of hard work from pupils and staff.

Newminster and Chantry pupils have had weekly rehearsals since January to get the show up to the standard it was last week.

Musical Theatre degree students from Newcastle College completed work placements working as vocal coaches, choreographers and directors helping to make the project extra special.

Adam Kirby, year 8 from Newminster said: “We Will Rock You has been an excellent experience for all of the cast.

We Will Rock You performed by pupils of Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools in Morpeth.'Galileo played by Adam Kirby'Picture by Jane Coltman

We Will Rock You performed by pupils of Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools in Morpeth.'Galileo played by Adam Kirby'Picture by Jane Coltman

I have particularly liked working with others and making new friends across the two schools.

My part as Galileo has been daunting at some points, having to learn so many lines, but I have loved every moment of rehearsals and performances.”

Martha Hornett, from Chantry, said: “I really enjoyed working on We Will Rock You as I felt like a professional working alongside all the coaches from Newcastle College and the sound and lighting King Edward VI students and Mr Hughes.”

Elizabeth Kinninment, headteacher of Newminster Middle school said: “There is nothing better than seeing all the children gathered on stage singing their hearts out.

“We are so proud of all of everyone who has been involved in this project.”

A member of the audience at one of the performance said: “Wow! What a fabulous performance tonight.

“The children were a huge credit to the schools – the whole cast were amazing.”

Newminsiter and Chantry first schools would like to thank Morpeth Motor Cycles for the loan of a real motorbike to be used in the production, which is pictured above.