17th December 2019 — The jukebox musical by Ben Elton featuring the music of Queen, came to the Ryan Theatre from 9th to 11th December, with a cast of John Lyon boys and girls from a number of local schools.
Produced by the John Lyon Drama Department led by Mr Sam Jones, the show featured amazing costumes, choreography and live band, with many people working behind the scenes to ensure a seamless production.
As well as the three-night audience of 950, a dress rehearsal saw more than 250 children from local schools enjoy the show.
Anyone who has ever been in a school play knows the thrill of performing to a big audience, and the experience was no different for the cast of We Will Rock You.
Upper Sixth student Patrick Miles, who played Pop, said: “My final John Lyon musical has been an unforgettable one. The challenging role of Pop allowed me to push myself well outside my comfort zone and the chance to share the experience with such a wonderful group of friends made it evermore memorable. The end of the play was an emotional and beautiful ending to a fantastic decade, and it marks a whole new chapter of friendships and life after John Lyon.
Cast member Asha Davison said: “I had the absolute time of my life working with my amazing cast-mates and the production crew, and performing with them every night was so rewarding after all the hard work we put in during rehearsals. I think director Mr Jones, choreographer Aimee, vocal advisor Gary, production assistant Miss Jones and everyone else involved deserve a massive thank you for their dedication and enthusiasm because without them we definitely would not have rocked you!”
Will Davey, who played the lead role of Galileo added: “We Will Rock You was incredible and it was such an experience to be working with such a talented group of people. It has been so much fun and I have enjoyed every part of it.”