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Christleton High School musical will be electric

School is one of first in country to produce smash hit Billy Elliot

The cast of Billy Elliot at Christleton High School

A student at Christleton High School was born to boogie.

Ben Rackham, of Barrow, will be taking the lead role in the latest school production of Billy Elliot following hard fought auditions in February.

The Year 7 student has been working hard to master the lengthy and complex choreography routines required for the show, as well as learning a lot of lines and songs.

Ben Rackham

Following the closure of the musical in London’s West End earlier this year, Christleton is one of the first schools in the country to be granted a licence to perform the smash hit about a boy from the northeast of England, living through the miner’s strike of 1984, who finds he has a natural talent for ballet.

Director Simon Phillips said; “Ben is a star; he is so modest and takes everything in his stride. As one of the youngest boys in year 7 he will still be just 11 years old when he plays the part next month and the weight of the whole show rests on him in many ways. But, he is a very confident and talented performer and will really wow the audiences, I’m sure.”

The cast of Billy Elliot at Christleton High School

In addition to Ben, some 70 students appear in the cast of the show and a further dozen or more will be working behind the scenes alongside the professional nine-piece band and theatre experts who help to create the technical elements of the show.

The production follows the success of musicals at the school including We Will Rock You, Joseph, Oliver!, Lion King and Our House.

Mr Phillips added: “We try, each year, to raise the bar in terms of what we are able to do with our productions and this year is no different. The company of nearly 100 students, staff and theatre professionals are so enthusiastic about this show and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to produce it.”

Billy Elliot runs from Monday, July 11 to Saturday, July 16 and tickets are available from the Box Office button on the schools website www.christletonhigh.co.uk.

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