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Students take on Herod in major nativity production 28 November 2008

MORE than 130 performers will take to the stage at Ballakermeen High School in December for possibly the biggest nativity play ever stayed in the Island.

Rock Nativity opens in the Studio Theatre on December 4th and runs until December 9th, with performances nightly at 7.30pm except Sunday.

So many students wanted to take part that many of the roles are shared. Mary will be played by 13 year-old Abigale Teare and 14 year old Arianne Robertson on alternate nights and the parts of Joseph, the Angel Gabriel, and the Wise Men also have two performers each.

Director Chris Maybury said: BHS Herod

‘These students are really keen and even on their nights “off” they will join the chorus.’

Rock Nativity was written by the well-known partnership of Jackie Trent and David Hatch in the 1970s and this production is an exciting mix of the traditional and rock and roll.

The Christmas story is told by the familiar characters against a background of soft rock, country, and Broadway style numbers.

‘Hearing the sound produced by this enormous company is an unforgettable experience,’ promised Musical Director Nicholas Roberts. ‘Although most of the performers are from the younger end of the school they have worked tremendously hard. Their confidence is amazing. More than 40 of the cast are in Year 7 and only joined the school in September, yet here they are in a full-scale musical.’

More experienced performers from the sixth form lend their support, including Barclays Student of the Year, Robyn Sayers, who plays Caspar.

‘I’m pretty busy with my studies this year,’ said Robyn, ‘but I wouldn’t have missed this show. The atmosphere is amazing.’

Parents and guests, along with Education Minister Anne Craine MHK, will have a sneak preview of the show at the school’s annual prize-giving at the Villa Marina on 3 December 3.

‘I would like everyone to have the chance to see Rock Nativity,’ said Headteacher Adrienne Burnett, ‘but although we have a wonderful Studio Theatre, capacity is limited and seats sell very quickly. The performance at prize-giving will let a wider audience have a glimpse of the huge talent of our students.’

To book tickets call in to the school or telephone 648700.

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