School rocks out to Queen

A scene from Fred Longworth High School's production of hit musical We Will Rock You
A scene from Fred Longworth High School's production of hit musical We Will Rock You

TALENTED students at a secondary school lived up to their promise to rock the audience with their production of a hit West End musical.

Pupils and staff at Fred Longworth High School, in Tyldesley, brought the explosive tribute to the music of glam rockers Queen We Will Rock You to the borough’s boards.

A 70-strong cast brought the show, which sets the science-fiction story of a future in which musical instruments are banned and everyone acts, thinks and dresses in identical ways to a soundtrack of hits including A Kind of Magic, We Are The Champions and show closer Bohemian Rhapsody, to life at the Printshop Lane school.

The all-singing, all-dancing production required around four months of rehearsals and hard work to produce under the direction of teacher David Moloney.

The cast put on three evening performances as well as a matinee show for youngsters from local primary schools.

Mr Moloney said: “I have never worked with such an enthusiastic, hard-working and talented cast as the one we have had with us on this show before.

“To see such a fantastic response from audiences, singing and clapping along throughout, is no less a reward than they deserve for their unbelievable commitment and attitude.”

The musical came about after plans for making a musical tribute to the life of Queen’s charismatic singer Freddie Mercury were shelved in favour of an original plot which would capture the spirit of the band’s music.

Queen guitarist Bryan May and drummer Roger Taylor have regularly appeared on stage during important shows and milestone performances.