Another chapter in the history of productions by the gifted students at the Duchess’s Community High School in Alnwick is about to be written.
After the amazing and somewhat unexpected success of the pupils’ last show, their autumn play, Cyrano de Bergerac, which I was not alone in rating as their best yet, the team turns its attention to the spring musical.
Not afraid to push boundaries and present challenges, they have chosen the little-known Disco Inferno, set in 1976 and featuring some classic songs of the ’70s era, including Crocodile Rock, Boogie Nights, Celebration and Hot Stuff.
Already, the students have filmed and produced their own promotional video for the show (attached).
The musical is loosely based on the story of Faust.
Jack works late in a London nightclub, Disco Inferno, and meets Lady Marmalade – a femme fatale and associate of the Devil. In his quest to become successful, he makes a pact with her and trades his soul to fulfil his wildest fantasies.
It works – he is an international hit on radio and television, but he finds his success hollow. Fame and fortune may now be his but he loses his devoted girlfriend Jane and he yearns for the life he once had.
The Alnwick students are already locked in intense rehearsals for a show that boogies on down to the Playhouse from Wednesday, March 4, to Saturday, March 7, with performances every night at 7.30pm and a matinee at 2pm on the Saturday. Tickets cost from £6 from the Playhouse box office (01665 510785) or online.
Disco Inferno has the difficult task of following the likes of Grease, Back to the 80s and Return to the Forbidden Planet along the familiar path from school hall to town theatre. Those productions were fabulous, so no pressure there, then!
The Gazette will be following the production as it develops through to the opening night.
Jack (Young rockstar) – Harry Brierley
Jane (Jack’s lass) – Amy Barrett
Heathcliffe (egotistical and twisted; the best singer in town) – Josey Donald
Kathy (Heathcliffe’s lass) – Hannah Lamb
Tom (Jack’s nerdy mate) – Tyler Angus
Maggie (Tom’s lass) – Evie Mortimer
Duke (The Devil; owns the nightclub; old hippy rocker) – Dan Thomassen
Lady Marmalade (enchantress and the Devil’s right hand woman) – Jess Field
Terry (smooth talking DJ; friend of Jack and Tom) – Matthew Potts
Nick Diablo (eccentric English fashion expert and the Devil’s cleric) – Emily Hardy
Lily (a ‘gaaaay’ barman) – Lucy Stewart
Featured singers: Cerys Williams, Sophie Murray, Kirsty Hensleigh.
Chorus: Ethan Allen, Leonie Douglas, Billy Swan, Courtney Swain, Ella Paul, Joe Bennett, Martin Latto, Oscar Wilson, Cara Drummond, Matilda Leng, Catherine Walker, Harriet Renner, Daisy Hope, Bea Barnes, Amber Brown, Lexy Bee, Vicky Robertson, Ellie Hamblett.
Director: Martin Allenby
Assistant director: Lindsay Manion