PIERCE Wilcox, Elisha Lee, Blake Field and Laurel McDonald in a full-dress rehearsal of Murwillumbah High School?s annual musi
PIERCE Wilcox, Elisha Lee, Blake Field and Laurel McDonald in a full-dress rehearsal of Murwillumbah High School?s annual musi

High school slave to 33rd musical



MURWILLUMBAH High School is taking a romp through Rome in the efforts to secure a bride for a slave driver.

At least that is part of the story behind the school's 33rd annual musical production, set to take to the stage later this month.

A Stephen Sondheim classic, A funny thing happened on the way to the forum is the type of musical to interest all ages.

Production manager Peter Wilcox said it had layered levels of humour that adults could appreciate and physical comedy to interest children.

"Basically it is about a slave who can get his freedom if he can arrange a marriage for his master," he said. "We chose it partly because it has a strong male cast, which is great because so often it is the females that carry a show.

"It is also the type of musical that doesn't have a lot of singing, well not every time they open their mouths anyway. There is a lot of acting that the males respond to."

More than 60 students are in the play and dozens more have helped with behind-the-scenes preparations, which have taken over the school during the past 12 weeks.

Mr Wilcox said the show was the school's 33rd consecutive performance and showcased the talents of the students.

"It shows people that what the students can do is fantastic," he said.

"It also shows the community what public education can achieve."

The musical will be held on May 26, 27, and 28 at the school's Elliot Centre from 7.30pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and can be booked through the school by phoning 6672 1566.



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