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Millbrook Students to star in professional production

posted 5 Aug 2013, 01:39 by Google Google   [ updated 5 Aug 2013, 01:40 ]
Millbrook Academy students will be taking to the stage at The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham in October, as part of the Touring Consortium Theatre Company’s production of “To Sir, With Love”.

Neale Birch, Associate Producer of the Touring Consortium Theatre Company, visited Millbrook yesterday to hold a casting workshop with 15 Performing Arts students. The students had to do improvisation activities, some script work and also learned the basic steps of a Jitterbug. Those who are selected will play the roles of the school children in “To Sir, With Love” when it is performed at The Everyman. The play is based on the memoir of E.R Braithwaite, and is set in post-World War 2 London. The main character, Rick, is a Guiana-born engineer who served in the RAF during World War 2 but cannot find work after being de-mobbed because of the racist attitudes of many Londoners at the time. He ends up teaching in a secondary school. The play tells the story of how Rick goes on to have a profound effect on the students he teaches, and how they, in turn, have an effect on him.

The Millbrook hopefuls will find out before the end of term which of them have been cast in the play, though Neale commented at the end of the workshop that he could confidently cast any of the 15.

Lee Pemble, a Year 12 student enjoyed the experience. He said “It was awesome. Learning the jitterbug was fun”. Daniel Martell, also in Year 12 said “I am pretty excited to have the chance to work with a professional company. It will be a great experience”.