You don’t have to spend big to watch school’s musical

There promises to be a lot of laughs and toe-tapping tunes to enjoy when talented teenagers take to the stage next week.

The latest musical performance by students at King Edward VI School is Sweet Charity – the story of a girl who wants things so badly that she tries too hard to get them.

The stars of the Sweet Charity musical at KEVI include, from left, Olivia Dent, Emily Arkle and Jena Pandya.

The stars of the Sweet Charity musical at KEVI include, from left, Olivia Dent, Emily Arkle and Jena Pandya.

Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through life, falling for every man who pays her some attention along the way.

She is a dance hall hostess and it is in her workplace of the Fandango ballroom that her streetwise ‘companions’ share their cynical advice about love and occasionally their long-abandoned dreams.

Set in 1960s New York, the bright and sophisticated show includes hits such as Hey, Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now and Rhythm of Life.

It is being directed by KEVI staff Caroline Stephen, Fleur Anderson and Paul Johnson. A few other staff members and a team of students have filled the other backstage roles.

Mrs Anderson said: “We wanted to do a musical that we haven’t staged before and when we were going through the list, Caroline said she had been part of a Sweet Charity production at university and it would be a great option for our show.

“Those who come along to watch will enjoy plenty of big numbers and great dancing as well as the comedic elements, which includes some psychedelic fun.

“Auditions took place in October, with rehearsals starting before Christmas and they have been more intense since January.

“Our excellent cast have put in a lot of effort to prepare for the musical and the girl who plays Charity (Emily Arkle) will show her acting, singing and dancing talents.”

The main love interest for Charity is claustrophobic tax accountant Oscar Lindquist (played by Joseph Carss).

The other characters include Helene, Nickie and Daddy Brubeck, played by Jena Pandya, Olivia Dent and Ryan Duncan respectively.

Year 13 student Emily, who lives in Stobhill, has applied to study musical theatre at university.

She said: “Charity tries to find true love and get away from the Fandango ballroom, but she learns the hard way that many of the people she meets don’t end up helping her to achieve these goals.

“The rehearsals have been a lot of fun, so I can’t wait for the performances.”

Sweet Charity will be staged in the Lower School Hall on Thursday, March 12, Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 from 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced £9 for adults and £5 for students. For more information and booking details, call 01670 515415.