By Saunders student Holly Calnan.

Saunders Secondary School is once again bringing Broadway to London by presenting the Off-Broadway and West End hit musical, Fame The Musical.

The production is an adaption of the popular ’80s movie, Fame, which also spawned a wildly popular television show and multiple reinterpretations of the original concept.

The show follows the journey of hard working students through their artistic training, emotional turmoil and growth as young adults during their freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years of high school.

The cast of Fame: The Musical getting ready for opening night at Saunders.
The cast of Fame: The Musical getting ready for opening night at Saunders.

The production stars Saunders’ own musical theatre students, who have been working in class for nearly a year to bring Fame to life for the London audience. They have not only worked on the actual performing, but have worked to help complete sets and publicize the musical.

Claire Martin directs the musical, with assistance from Nicholas Buchanan and choreography by Melanie Stewart. Saunders’ Fame The Musical is presented in collaboration with Musical Theatre International (MTI). Claire Martin and Igor Saika are the musical directors.

The main cast includes wide variety of eccentric artists. Carmen Diaz (portrayed by Sahia Saakan) is larger-than-life diva who wants instant stardom and is willing to do anything thing to get it. Serena Katz (Maria Drul), a shy actress that is hopelessly in love with her scene partner, Nick Piazza (Braedaen McCombs), who was already an accomplished performer before entering into P.A.

Schlomo Metzenbaum (Hunter Gowan) is a classically-trained protégé to his famous father, but tries to further himself from his family legacy by creating his own rock band. Jack Zakowski (Michael Kozdras Bouw) is a talented dancer who is struggling in class; he is constantly in the cross-hairs of his strict English teacher, Ms. Sherman (Sarah Robertson). The musical also promises more characters with in-depth character arcs and enriching plot lines.

Saunders students working hard on the set of Fame The Musical.
Saunders students working hard on the set of Fame The Musical.

Fame The Musical was written by José Fernandez with the original concept by David DeSilva, music by Steve Margoshes and lyrics by Jacques Levy. The musical follows the intertwining story lines of performing arts students attending “the Fame school”, the high school featured in all adaptations of Fame and based on the real life Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.

Fame The Musical at Saunders Secondary School is running from May 9-12 at 7:00 p.m. Online tickets ($10 student $15 adult) are still available at onstagedirect.com and will be sold at the school before the evening shows.

Remember my name, Fame! Don’t miss a chance to see a thrilling drama brought to you by London’s own Saunders Secondary School, 941 Viscount Rd.

Photos by Claire Porter-Martin.

 

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