Following in the footsteps of last years AKS production of ‘High School Musical’ the school are set to rock Lowther Pavilion with this year’s offering ‘We Will Rock You’ schools’ edition.
After the critical acclaim of this years hit movie ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ this West End hit musical, music by Queen and book by Ben Elton will showcase the multi-talented students at AKS Independent School, Lytham.
Taking place in the distant future, Earth has been renamed as the "iPlanet", a place controlled by the Globalsoft Corporation and governed by the ruthless Killer Queen.
On the iPlanet, mainstream commercial conformity reigns, in which Ga Ga Kids watch the same movies, listen to computer-generated music, wear the same clothes and hold the same thoughts and opinions. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown.
There is hope however. A small underground group of "Bohemians" struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and (most of all) live music.
With the help of Pop, an ancient hippie librarian, two Bohemians, Galileo and Scaramouche, find Rock's Holy Grail: Brian May's guitar, buried in the remains of Wembley Stadium.
Nick Lewis – Director of Drama says:
“‘We Will Rock You’ is all about individuality and young people having the courage and creativity to express themselves in their own way without feeling pressured to follow the masses. Although Ben Elton wrote this musical in 2002, with the rise of screen-time addiction, social media control, online abuse and internet dependency, his prophecy of youth being addicted to the internet seems much more relevant today than ever.”
Jay who plays ‘Galileo Figaro’ says “I have relished rising to the challenge of performing Queen songs, originally sung by Freddie Mercury the legendary owner of a four octave range! This, combined with pulling off the personality of a stuttering misfit rock-star who hallucinates has stretched and deepened my abilities as a performer.”
Ellie who plays ‘Scaramouche’ says “I'm so excited to be playing the role of the sarcastic and sassy ‘Scaramouche’. She is such a strong, fiesty character who knows her own mind and isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in.”
Verity who plays ‘Meatloaf’ says “I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this production of ‘We Will Rock You’ schools edition. The whole process has been a very different and amazing experience. I have really enjoyed working with everyone in the cast and particularly Oliver Akers who rocks the role of Britney Spears.”
Schools Will Rock You opens at Lowther Pavilion on Thursday 24th January until Saturday 26th January. Performances are at 7:30pm nightly with a Saturday matinee at 2:30pm. Tickets available from the Lowther Box Office on 01253 794221
Any profit from the AKS production of ‘We Will Rock You’ will be given to ‘The Mercury Phoenix Trust’, founded by Brian May and Roger Taylor in memory of Queen’s iconic lead singer, Freddie Mercury who died from AIDS in 1991.