In just one day over the Easter holidays talented young people who live in and around Bath launched “Freckles” a new youth musical (in progress). In eight hours of rehearing together, a highly motivated cast and team were then able to put on a show for a very appreciative audience at the Sophie Cameron Centre for Performing Arts, The Royal High School.

FRECKLES was originally inspired by “Anne of Green Gables” but is now an all British affair. The musical is set in 1930s South Devon. A young stranger encounters the colourful coastal community and glamorous visitors to Burgh Island. It’s a story about belonging, friendship and courage in the face of prejudice, danger and impending war. Young people aged from 7‐19 played the “kids” and the “adults”. The performers were from numerous schools and included students from The Dorothy Coleborn School of Dance, Curtain Up, Next Stage Youth and Zenith musical theatre.

The Vice chairman of The Mid‐Somerset Drama Festival and Head of Musical Theatre said “The cast was fabulous. Those playing adults did so with conviction and what a gathering of talent! The youngsters were by turn cute and then touching. We were humming the tunes on the way home which is a sure sign that they work. Words ‐ well what can I say… great script with huge potential for development. An uplifting evening indeed.”

Yasmine Meaden, who belongs to West End kids (London), played one of the many “lead” parts.Her father said “We were bowled over by the production. The music, acting & singing were fantastic but personally I enjoyed the story and cleverness of many of the lyrics and poems.”

Marcus May who recently played Bruce in the West End’s “Matilda” said he would love to be involved with more rehearsals and more performances, and would love to help develop the character of Albert.

The feisty central role of Anne was played so beautifully by Jess Finch. Although unwell on the day, she swept the audience away on her character’s journey with rousing songs such as “Dare I?”. “Live Wires”, “Friend Ship” and “Charisma.“

The musical’s story and lyrics are written by Mel Lawman and the music is composed by Matt Finch (Musical Director of Bath Light Operatic Group). They were both delighted with the success of the day. What next?…Given a few more days of rehearsal, a full production!!!

A full(er) production will be staged in the Autumn.

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