Performance students from Cronton Sixth Form have just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Paris, where they were invited to tour the backstage area of the world famous Moulin Rouge show.
This rare and impressive opportunity meant that the students met members of the Moulin Rouge cast and were able to look though their 4,000 items of costumes, which included 700 pairs of shoes.
Whilst at the theatre, the keen students also met with the Communications Director, Jean-Luc Péhau-Ricau, who took them on a tour of the auditorium which dates back to 1889, where they learnt how the theatre for this huge production worked. This included areas previously used by Edward VII when he was the Prince of Wales and Oscar Wilde.
During the trip the students stayed in the district of Belleville, the home of world famous singer, Edith Piaf and visited the all of the Paris landmarks including the including Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower.
Theatre Studies student Tabitha Wise said, “I can’t believe that we were able to see this. This has been amazing.”
Matt Plant, Artistic Director of the Centre of Excellence in Performing Arts at Cronton said, “The trip to Paris was part of the five year celebrations to commemorate the creation of the college’s Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts, culminating in a very special performance of the musical masterpiece Chess in July, which includes the 1980s smash hit song, I Know Him So Well.”