Audiences at Loreto Grammar School were recently transported to Never Never Land as the Altrincham Catholic grammar school staged its biannual musical extravaganza.
Nearly 900 people over three nights enjoyed the work of 187 girls on and off stage in a production of Piers Chater Robinson’s adaptation of J M Barrie’s classic Peter Pan.
Produced and directed by Fiona Hamill with music and choreography by Helen Bray, the two-hour festive feast featured Rachel Kileen as the wonderfully rapscallion Peter Pan, Sian Dugan as the menacing Captain Hook and Natalie Cox as the ever-so-appealing Wendy. All three performers got A*s in their GCSE Drama examinations last year
Former pupils to tread the same boards and go on to a professional career include Rhiann Jeffrey, who is a director at the Lyric in Belfast, and Laura Corcoran, who was named best newcomer at the Edinburgh Festival last year and is currently touring the world.
Fiona Hamill said: “Loreto Grammar School for Girls has three performances each year to showcase GCSE expressive work and another two at A-level, but the full school musical is a biannual production which has to be planned, rehearsed and staged with military precision.”