Saint Francis Xavier School to stage FAME the Musical

Grace Nash (Carmen) and the cast of FAME the Musical.

Pupils at Saint Francis Xavier School, Richmond are undertaking their final rehearsals for a production of FAME the Musical.

The production will presented from July 12 to 14 with performances starting at 7pm.

Based on the TV series and feature film, FAME the Musical tells the story of aspiring performers as they learn their craft at the New York High School of Performing Arts.

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The show follows students from their first audition through to graduation and delves into the struggles they face on their path to fame.

The school production features a cast of 30 pupils from across all year groups and is directed by former student Claire Smith.

Claire said “I’m really proud of what the pupils have achieved.

“We started rehearsals in January and the children have worked so hard to put the show together. They have all shown amazing dedication, fitting practice in around their studies and exams.”

The production features a ten-piece professional band led by musical director and school head of music Christopher Rodaway, while fellow teachers Kate Clements and Gemma Gardner have taken responsibility for choreography.

FAME the Musical was conceived and developed by David de Silva, one of the original producers of the iconic 1980’s film and TV series.

The show debuted in 1988 and has since enjoyed seven West End runs, two National tours and has been nominated for two Olivier awards.

As well as the popular title song ‘Fame’, the musical also features memorable tunes such as ‘Bring on Tomorrow’, ‘Hard Work’ and ‘I Want to Make Magic’.

Tickets are available from school reception and cost adults – £7, children (16 and under) – £4.

Alternatively, call 01748 823414 or email to book.