Steyning Grammar School pupils set to bring Billy Elliot to the stage

Steyning Grammar School pupils rehearse Billy Elliot
Steyning Grammar School pupils rehearse Billy Elliot

An award winning musical is set to be staged at Steyning Grammar School.

Students have been working hard since March on their production of Billy Elliot.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals

The cast for the production is made up of 72 students, aged 12 to 18, from across all year groups at the school.

Billy Elliot, with music by Elton John and a book by Lee Hall, is set during the turbulent miners’ strikes of the 1980s and follows the story of a young working class boy discovering his passion for dance against a backdrop of political and social turmoil. The iconic leading role of Billy is being tackled by Year Nine student, Ed Hooper.

The show is being co-directed by Jan Hobson, a former teacher and current school governor, and Alex Packer, a former student at the school.

Alex said: “Having worked on the last five musicals at the school, this is by far the most ambitious to-date. It’s a huge show, full of big characters, powerful drama and massive dance numbers. It’s a very exciting challenge working alongside a brilliant production team and a very enthusiastic and talented group of young performers.”

The students perform

The students perform

This production includes some fantastic dance sequences and has been choreographed by former student Sophie Whittle.

Performances will take place at Steyning Grammar School (Shooting Field Site) on July 14 at 7.30pm, July 15 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, and July 16 at 2.30pm. Tickets are £10 for adults and £6 for students. These are available from Steyning Grammar School offices and from Steyning bookshop.

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Billy Elliot will be perfomed this July

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Tickets are available from Steyning Grammar School offices and from Steyning bookshop

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