The Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts at Cronton Sixth Form College wowed audiences once again with their first production of the academic year; Thoroughly Modern Millie.
A cast of talented performing arts students transported the audience back in time to 1922, the height of the Jazz Age in New York City. This was a time of liberation when young women were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and changing social behaviour forever. Small-town girl Millie Dillmount, played by A Level student Chloe Biggins, arrives in the Big Apple in search of a new life with a plan to fulfil her ‘thoroughly modern’ dreams.
The sold out performance delighted audiences over a three night run, plus two matinee performances for the pupils of The Grange School, St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Centre for Learning and Wade Deacon High School. The feedback received from the public has been fantastic.
One member of the audience from the final night’s performance said “The cast was professional, engaging and totally absorbed in the characters and the era. I was transported back in time and was blown away by the talent on the stage which would not have looked out of place in any West End production! Congratulations to everyone involved in the show.”
Matt Plant, Head of the Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts, said “Thoroughly Modern Millie was a big undertaking as the first production of the year for our new and second year students. Once again our amazing students demonstrated their commitment, talent and teamwork with each bringing their own unique flair to this heart-warming story. Alongside their studies, our students created an extra-curricular project of enormous value that was both professional and hugely rewarding for all involved.”
Don’t miss out on the upcoming Centre of Excellence concert ‘Les Miserables’ which will be performed at St Luke’s Church, Farnworth, Widnes on 30th March 2017.
The music of Les Miserables is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and is set against the backdrop of 19th-century France. It tells the enthralling story of broken dreams, unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption. Tickets can be booked through the College’s Box Office on 0151 422 2640.
Thoroughly Modern Millie Main Cast:
- Millie played by Chloe Biggins, from Liverpool, previously of Halewood Academy
- Jimmy played by Ritchie Redmond, from Runcorn, previously of The Grange School
- Dorothy played by Jiordan Haddley, from Liverpool, previously of The Belvedere Academy
- Trevor played by Sonny Fielding, from Liverpool, previously of St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Centre for Learning
- Mrs Meers played by Alicia Henigan, from Liverpool, previously of Bellerive FCJ Catholic College
- Ching-Ho played by Joe Anderson, from St Gregory’s Catholic High School
- Bun-Foo played by Michael Clark, from Widnes, previously of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College
- Miss Flanney played by Ellie Greaves, from Widnes, previously Wade Deacon High School
- Alice played by Rhiannon Ratcliffe, from Widnes, previously Wade Deacon High School
- Rita played by Amber Leadbetter, from Widnes, previously Wade Deacon High School
- Ruth played by Molly Wright, from Widnes, previously Wade Deacon High School
- Cora played by Rebecca Jones, from Runcorn previously at The Heath School
- Lucille played by Tieghan Wright, from Runcorn previously at The Heath School
- Ethel Peas played by Olivia Mullady-Timpson, from Liverpool previously from Broughton Hall High School
Ensemble: Jess Battison, Lexi Connor, Laura Parkins, Megan Tarbuck, Kate Jary, Harrison Derbyshire, Jessica Baillie, Emily Snooks, Connor Jones, Marcus Cameron, Aaron Boadey, Caitlin McDougall, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Liz Bazley
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