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 Music, Dance & Drama
Role in hit musical
 A talented pupil from Beaconhurst School near Stirling is set to appear in Les Misérables at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Katie Laird, 18, won the role of Madame Thenardier in Captivate Theatre’s 2018 production of the hit musical after three rounds of auditions.
She has already performed the show during a sell-out run at Musselburgh’s Brunton Theatre in March and is now looking forward to her first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe in August.
Katie only took up musical theatre just over a year ago when she played the Navigation Officer
in the 2017 Beaconhurst show Return to the Forbidden Planet at the Macrobert Arts Centre.
Since then, she has starred as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet in
the annual Schools Shakespeare Festival, joined the Falkirk Operatic Society and appeared in last year’s Macrobert pantomime Chick Whittington.
She also has a leading role
as Anita in this year’s school production of West Side Story and begins a full-time course in Musical Theatre in September.
Les Misérables is performed by a cast of teenagers, aged between 15 and 18, and takes place at the Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre in Edinburgh from August 17 to 26.
Beaconhurst’s Director of Expressive Arts Alison Marshall is delighted with Katie’s achievements and will be in the audience when she takes to the Fringe stage.
Under the sea
Stepping up to Revostage
No prizes for guessing that the musical, “Dream On”, is based on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Just like Shakespeare’s famous comedy, this version provides the audience with an intriguing love story, humour, a remarkable mix of characters and a sprinkling
of magical enchantment. The
writers cleverly gave their musical an Olympic Games slant and the Farlington Prep School, Sussex, production - with their custom- made ancient Greek costumes together with inventive set, lighting and sound effects - did full justice to this contemporary approach.
Rossall’s Junior School, Lancashire, ventured under
the sea for this year’s musical production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.
Over two nights, pupils
aged seven to eleven put on performances of the Hans Christian Andersen-based classic.
Thanks to kind donations
from KRS Rigging Services, the production included a vibrant digital background, allowing the cast to fully immerse themselves in the underwater and land-based scenery.
Led by Junior Speech and Drama Teacher, Seren Mistry, the cast and crew have been preparing and rehearsing for the production since September, and their hard work and dedication certainly showed in their enthusiasm on stage.
Headmistress of Junior and Infant School, Mrs Katie Lee said, “It was clear for all to see how much the children loved performing on a big stage and the enjoyment
it gave of being part of such an amazing production.”
 ‘Dream On’
   Bure Park Primary school in Bicester, Oxfordshire has invested in a 16m2 Revostage system from manufacturer Panel Systems.
Kate Pritchard, Foundation Stage Co-ordinator at Bure Park Primary School, said: “One of the parents recommended Revostage and we were impressed how lightweight
it was and easy to assemble. We also liked the fact it locks together securely, so minimises any safety risks. We carry out a number of performances every
year and this staging system will make a huge difference.”
A spokesperson from Panel Systems, said: “Bure Park Primary School will experience many benefits from Revostage. Not only is it easy to assemble and light in weight, but it is also extremely easy to dismantle and requires minimum storage space. It is also very strong and should give the school’s events a really professional feel, as well as being much safer to use.”
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