Students shine in sci-fi musical


After weeks of rehearsals and three sell-out shows, Captain Tempest and his crew have departed on their next cosmic adventure.  

Finishing their run of performances on Friday night to a standing ovation, the 60-strong cast and band had the audience jiving in their seats with their incredible high energy performance of the sci-fi jukebox classic Return to the Forbidden Planet.

Loosely based on Shakespeare's The Tempest and the 1965 sci-fi film Forbidden PlanetReturn to the Forbidden Planet finds a spaceship, helmed by Captain Tempest, making an emergency landing on the unchartered planet D'Illyria after a shower of meteorites hits the ship. Its only residents are the mad scientist Doctor Prospero, his daughter Miranda and their roller-skating robot Ariel. 

Packed with rock ‘n’ roll classics from the 50s and 60s such as Good Vibrations, Young Girl and Great Balls of Fire and dialogue in iambic pentameter, the College’s most outstanding actors, singers, dancers, musicians and technicians brought this Olivier-Award winning musical to life in incredible style.

The audience were kept royally entertained throughout with plenty of opportunities to sing along as well as helping the crew save the world from the evil actions of Dr Prospero by joining in the 'reverse polarity'.


Here's what they had to say: 

“Fabulous! ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’! It's our 7th year of coming to see your annual performances, what can we say, first class, so happy to see such fabulous students developing their arts, thank you #Outstanding’ – Cllr Steve Smith

‘Absolutely knock out performances by students. Professional quality production from sixth formers. Well done to all involved.’ – Mat Galvin, Deputy Principal at Winsford Academy

“Thank you @SirJohnDeanes our School of Rock instrumental cast loved watching Return of the Forbidden Planet! Thank you so much for inviting us to watch an amazing production. Live long and Prosper-o” – Hartford C of E High School Music Department


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