Youngsters go back to the 1980s with classic stage musical

McAuley School's cast of Fame with Sofia Diniz (front), aged 16, who plays Carmen.
McAuley School's cast of Fame with Sofia Diniz (front), aged 16, who plays Carmen.
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IT was back to the 1980s for a Doncaster school as youngsters hit the stage for one of the biggest shows of the decade.

Teenagers from McAuley School belted out their version of the musical Fame in a show that may not have seemed a million miles from their own lives.

Fame is set in a school for the performing arts - and the Cantley school where it was acted out by Year 11, 12 and 13 pupils is itself a school which has performing arts college status.

There were 40 pupils - a cast of 30, plus a seven-strong band and three as a back-up crew - involved in the production, which was prepared entirely in their spare time.

The production was the first at the school for teacher Rachael Beegan, as it was the first time she had directed a show there since she started her job.

And it impressed fellow drama teacher Michelle Sinclair, who helped out behind the scenes and enjoyed the show from the sidelines.

She said: “I was really impressed with it - it was stunning and you would never have guessed it was Rachael’s first production.

“I reckon there will be plenty more to come.

“It was a sell out and it was really well received.”

The choice of show was down to Ms Beegan, who wanted a production which gave her pupils the chance to show their singing and dancing talents as well as their acting.

Some of the cast are hoping to go on to bigger things on stage, and head to Fame-style stage school for real.

Josh Wilsdon, who played Joe in the production, and Sam Dunston, who played Mr Myers, have both applied to go to drama school when they leave McAuley.