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The Burgess Hill Academy strikes a chord with their performance of 'School of Rock'

The Burgess Hill Academy strikes a chord with their performance of 'School of Rock'

From Tuesday 12 March to Friday 15 March, 75 talented pupils from The Burgess Hill Academy, a member of The University of Brighton Academies Trust, took centre stage for their rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 2015 hit musical, "School of Rock." Under the direction and production of Mrs Frean and expert stage management by Mr Gallagher, the academy delivered a rocking performance that captivated audiences.

Hannah Frean, the Performing Arts Lead at The Burgess Hill Academy, expressed her delight at the outcome of the production: "The stage was set, the volume was cranked up high, and the kids delivered a performance that won over the crowd!"

The musical, which tells the story of Dewey Finn, a down-and-out rock musician who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school, showcased the remarkable talent of the academy's students. With William leading the cast as Dewey Finn, supported by a stellar cast including Caitlin, Toby, Jacob, and many others, the performance was a testament to the dedication and hard work of the entire cast and crew.

Students involved in the production shared their enthusiasm and gratitude for the experience:

  • CJ, who portrayed Head teacher Rosalie Mullins, remarked, "As this was my last show, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will miss this experience. The entire cast was extremely nice and supportive, and Mrs Frean and Mr Gallagher made a dream reality."
  • Arum, who made her debut in the production, expressed, "This has been my first show, and thank you everyone for making my first year the best."
  • Annie reflected, "This show was magical. The cast, the stage crew, the atmosphere: everything was incredible, and I cannot thank all of you enough for this opportunity that brought me so much joy!"

The Burgess Hill Academy's "School of Rock" production was a collaborative effort, with students, staff, and volunteers coming together to create an unforgettable experience for all involved. The exceptional performances and live professional band, coupled with the support of the school community, have set a high standard for future productions.

As the curtains close on this successful production, The Burgess Hill Academy's Performing Arts Department is already gearing up for their next musical endeavour, scheduled for the spring of 2025.