Standing ovations, sell out audiences and absolutely stunning performances from our Performing Arts and Music students; that was the flavour of the 2017 annual musical!
And on the week that QMC students performed the show, ex-student Matt Blaker who left QMC seven years ago and is now playing Raoul in the West End version of the show, sent the students a good luck message for their performance.
For anyone who watched the show it was clear to see how QMC produces such talented students. Over the four days of performances roles were shared amongst different students and each performance wowed the audiences in equal measure. The role of Phantom was played by four different students, Christine was played by three and Raoul four. "Fabulous, amazing -there are definitely future West End performers amongst the cast!" and "I forgot I was watching a college show - wow!" were among the comments received after the shows. Harry Pamely, Reporter for Basingstoke Gazette, watched the Thursday evening performance of the show and was full of praise in a review he published on 23rd February. "Andrew Lloyd Webber's songs were really done justice, with the student's voices ringing with operatic tones that filled the whole hall" and "It was easy to forget that I was actually watching students on the stage, as opposed to the West End, and there are a number on stage who I am confident will go far" were among his comments.
The students who performed in the show study a number of subjects across two years, that focus on the performing arts industry such as singing, dance and acting. Phantom of the Opera provided the students with the opportunity to perform in one of the most iconic musicals in a sung through format and full orchestra score, whilst also being assessed for Musical Performance and Dance.
The music was brought to life by students from A Level Music, BTEC Extended Diploma Music and other students across the college, who were fantastic. As were the Production Arts students who managed the stage production and Art students who helped with creating the wonderful set and costumes.
Anne Higgins, Teacher of Drama and Director of the show commented "I have wanted to do Phantom of the Opera for many years and students have worked very hard to bring this epic show to fruition. I am incredibly proud of each and every one of them for their stunning contributions which made the show a huge success."
Take a look at more photographs from the performance in our gallery on Facebook (click here)