Four dancers from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College will soon be appearing on stage in Chess, which is being staged at the school by Rugby Operatic Society.

The production’s celebrated score was written by the talented team behind ABBA, Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus, with typically clever and witty lyrics by Sir Tim Rice. Rugby Operatic Society’s version is the first production since the show was recently revived for a sold out summer season at the Coliseum in London, starring Michael Ball and Alexandra Burke.

The operatic society’s principals have been joined by a number of talented local groups including singers from the Rugby Philharmonic, Rugby Male Voice and the Revel Villagers’ Choir; plus dancers from Leigh-Anne Campbell’s School of Dancers and Audacity youth singers from the Harris C of E Academy. In total the cast numbers over 70 performers who will join together in harmony under the baton of David J King and the insightful direction of Rex Pogson.

Year 9 student Emily Melia, Year 8 students Lexie McGaughey and Millie Jones, and Year 7 student Martha Tovey-Keane who all belong to the school’s Garrick House are included as dancers in the 70-strong cast.

The doors at The Avon Valley School’s theatre will open on Monday 11 February and the show will run for five performances with tickets available online costing £15.

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “As a school we are incredibly lucky to have state of the art performance facilities and it is wonderful to see them being used by groups from across the community.”

Miss Davies added, “It is also lovely to see four of our talented students involved in the show as dancers and I wish them and the whole cast best wishes for the forthcoming performances”.

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