Talented students perform classics

Abigail Simpson and Sophie Butler.
Abigail Simpson and Sophie Butler.

Songs from musical theatre favourites provided a treat for the families of talented Cramlington Learning Village students.

A West End Winter show also featured folk songs played by brothers and sister Josh, Oliver and Holly Davenport, classical and popular music performed by a group of flautists and ensemble dance routines delivered with gusto by the school’s Music and Theatre Productions team.

Head of drama, Zoe Dyer, said: “I’m so proud of everybody who took part. They’ve been working hard and practising since September and it certainly paid off.”

The show finished with songs from The Lion King, led by 16-year-old Sophie Butler, who has appeared in every production since they joined the school, and her friend Abigail Simpson.

Away from school Sophie is a member of stage and dancing schools and would like to pursue her performing talents to the highest possible level.

“If I’m not being too ambitious I would like to get to the West End,” she said.

“That would be amazing for me. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s always been a big part of my life.”

And Abigail added: “I could never imagine not doing it,” she said. “Although they are two totally different things, the confidence I have from being on stage has definitely helped when I have to speak out in class.”

After Christmas Sophie and Abigail and the rest of the Music and Theatre Productions team start preparing for Grease, which will be performed in March.