Three Culcheth High School students have recently sang, danced and acted their way through major musical productions in Manchester.  Rachel and Beth Kevern are members of the Manchester Musical Youth Company who took part in their premier production, “Jekyll and Hyde – the Musical”, which proved a huge success with sell-out audiences during March.

With Rachel playing the female lead, Beth Carew, and sister Beth in the Ensemble, the Kevern sisters made this a family affair. Show organisers said, “We were hugely proud of the entire cast and team on a dark and energetic performance that attracted high praise from a strong following. We thank you for your support.”

Lucca Chadwick-Patel is part of the RNCM’s Youth Perform Company who put on a production of Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Town”. Lucca played the part of Chip, made famous by Frank Sinatra in the 1949 musical film with Gene Kelly in the lead role. Reviews of the show gave five star ratings stating “On the Town is a superb show from a talented company, proving on this showing that the future of musical theatre is in good hands”.

Rachel and Lucca are veterans of Culcheth High School musicals and have regularly played opposite each other in 2013 as Glinda and Fiyero in Wicked, and Donna and Sam in Mamma Mia in 2014. Sadly we’ve seen and heard the last of Rachel and her incredible singing and acting in school productions, as she leaves us this year. Her talent, however, should ensure she has a future professionally or otherwise in the theatre. Miss Longden, Head of Drama said, “One of the best parts of my job is seeing students grow as performers and take to the stage, whether it be in school or out. These two students are very talented and it makes me extremely proud to witness their achievements at such a young age. Lucca and Rachel are great ambassadors for the school and have a genuine passion for performing, and I wish them every success in future ventures”.

Both Lucca and Beth may feature in our school’s next production “We Will Rock You” later this year. Details of both organisations and what they do with young people is available on their websites: www.manchestermusicalyouth.co.uk and www.rncm.ac.uk/