STARS of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera visited Solihull School as pupils prepared to stage their own version of the hit musical.
International actor and singer Simon Green, who plays opera owner Monsieur André in the current production at Birmingham Hippodrome, returned to his former school with ensemble cast member, James Bisp, to help the student cast rehearse.
The school was “delighted” the professionals could share their tips and advice for a knock-out show ahead of Phantom of the Opera’s opening night at the school’s Bushell Hall last week.
Lisa Fair, senior teacher and director, said: “Rehearsals began in November for the biggest and most ambitious show Solihull School has ever produced, stretching acting, singing and design skills to the limit.
“Phantom requires an incredible singing range from both male and female singers with Christine and Carlotta having to hit top notes– particularly Christine’s top E – which is no mean feat for anyone let alone schoolgirls.”
More than a hundred boys and girls had auditioned for the 76 roles in Solihull School’s production, with Tom Wilde starring as the Phantom who falls for the beautiful soprano Christine Daaé, played by Florentina Harris.
The show also featured exploding chandeliers, fireballs and walls of flame, as well as live music from the school orchestra.