Brilliant - school show is the mane attraction

July 11 2016

YOU could be forgiven for thinking this elaborate theatrical scene is straight from a West End production.

Lion King

YOU could be forgiven for thinking this elaborate theatrical scene is straight from a West End production.

But the sell-out show of the Lion King was actually performed by students from Bristol Metropolitan Academy in Fishponds.

It involved 56 students in the cast and more than 30 supporting crew members from Years 7-11.

Rehearsals started in November, with students giving up time in their holidays to rehearse.

The production involved cross curricular departments, parents and the community who helped with the making of the stunning costumes and dazzling stage sets.

The three planned shows sold out quickly but there were also two matinee performances for schools who form part of Cabot Learning Federation and a show  for understudies, giving them the chance to shine in the spotlight.

The production tells the story of a young lion prince who was born in Africa, making his uncle Scar the second in line to the throne. Scar plots with the hyenas to kill King Mufasa and Prince Simba, thus making himself King. 

The King is killed and Simba is led to believe by Scar that it was his fault, and so flees the kingdom in shame.

Director and drama teacher Meesh Lambert-Vince said: “I am overwhelmed with the commitment and dedication shown by the cast and crew throughout rehearsals and the performances. We have a reputation for producing high quality shows but this year went above and beyond all expectations.

“I would like take this opportunity to thank Mick Glenfield, David Vince and Kathryn Shaw who have assisted with stage production, drama and musical directing.”