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Pupils take centre stage for First World War musical

Pupils taking part in the musical, from left, Charlie Lewin, Charlie Watt, Sam Burns, Louisa Orchard, Alberto Serio, and Douglas Saxey-Santillo-Hempkin.

Pupils taking part in the musical, from left, Charlie Lewin, Charlie Watt, Sam Burns, Louisa Orchard, Alberto Serio, and Douglas Saxey-Santillo-Hempkin.

Pupils from Catmose College took centre stage at a First World War musical in Leicester.

After years of planning, weeks of practice and support from the community, Phantom Love the Musical took to the Curve theatre on Tuesday last week.

The cast was made up of seven pupils from the school who were supported by members of the school’s choir and orchestra, as well as the Leicester Male Voice Choir.

The musical’s writer Tracey Dene Powell said that it was “exceptional” and an “unforgettable performance and Catmose College produced the finest tribute to First World War soldiers that could ever be”.

The musical is set in the trenches of the war and centres around loving correspondence between a soldier and his wife, exploring the power of love and faith.

Leanne Mitchell, director of drama at Catmose College said: “Throughout the performance, the cast performed with commitment, focus and professionalism that transported the audience from the theatre into the horror of a war trench and the heartbreak felt by those they left behind.”

Principal Stuart Williams said: “Staff and students have all worked ever so hard over several months to get to such a standard and should be deservedly proud of their achievements.”

 

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