Hitting the high notes

The Arnewood School staged sell-out performances of High School Musical. Here is the cast in action.

The Arnewood School staged sell-out performances of High School Musical. Here is the cast in action.

Talented students from a New Forest school wowed packed audiences with their sell-out production of High School Musical.

More than 70 students from The Arnewood School in New Milton performed in the mammoth production, which was held across three nights and has been in the planning since June last year.

Starring Year 11’s James Hilton-Foster and year 12’s Daisy Sheppard, as high school sweethearts Troy and Gabriella, the storming show was seen by an audience of hundreds.

Headteacher, Nigel Pressnell, said: “Everyone involved in the production has thrown heart and soul into the musical over the last six months resulting in one of our most memorable shows.

“To perform to such a high standard for three nights in a row shows the abundance of talent we have at the school.

“I’m incredibly proud of every student that played their part and to director Kirsten Watson and musical director Richard Elkington who ensured the show was such a resounding success.”

High School Musical tells the story of Troy and Gabriella and their fellow students from East High, an American high school.

Set on the first day of term after the winter’s break, the school’s various ‘gangs’ – the Jocks, the Brainiacs, the Thespians and Skater Dudes come together to recount their vacations and look forward to the new year.

Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High.

They cause upheaval when the pair unexpectedly decides to compete with the thespians and audition for the high school musical.

And just like fiction, auditioning for the Arnewood’s show was a big event.

Dozens of students put themselves forward in September and the lucky chosen cast rehearsed twice a week for five months.

The Arnewood School’s production of High School Musical was held across three nights at the school on February 1, 2 and 3.


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