Thanks to Queen drummer Roger Taylor, St. Ignatius Catholic School students are gearing up to stage a production of the popular contemporary musical “We Will Rock You.”
More than 40 students, from dancers, singers, actors and actresses, stage crew, set design and costume and make-up artists, will help put on the show.
“This is a dynamic musical with music that the students have really enjoyed working with,” said Melanie McNie, drama teacher at St. Ignatius. “Initially, there were problems with the company holding the license in the U.K. [but] Roger Taylor, the drummer for Queen, stepped in and he has allowed us to perform the show as a one-time only. This has made the project really exciting as we have been given permission by the official Queen rock band.
“We are absolutely thrilled Roger Taylor has taken a significant interest in our school production, and we have offered an invitation to him and the theatrical company who hold the license for this show. The cast have been working incredibly hard, and we are moving into an intense rehearsal period.”
“We Will Rock You” tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and does the same. Now in its 11th year at the London Dominion Theatre, “We Will Rock You” is one of the longest running shows in London’s West End. Written by comedian, author, playwright and director Ben Elton, the show is a musical based on the songs of rock band Queen.
“The show will appeal to everyone,” McNie added. “It is a vibrant, fast moving show, with the classic Queen musical numbers that we all love.”
Lead roles will be played by Kayla Elliott as Killer Queen, Lex Moroney as Kashoggi, Julian Jervis as Galileo, Taylor Parchment as Scaramouche, Abigail Narandja as Meat, Oliver Bishop as Brittney, and Finley McDougall as Pop.
Performance dates are Feb. 20, 21 and 22. Shows are at Loyola Hall, St. Ignatius, and will start at 7 p.m. A matinee performance will be held on Feb. 22,, at 2 p.m. Tickets, available from St. Ignatius, are $15; students $10; VIP $20.