West End star sends ‘break a leg’ wishes to Perse cast of Our House
Mike Jibson, former West End star of Our House sent a good luck video message to the stars of The Perse School’s drama company, the Perse Players ahead of their production of the hit musical at the ADC Theatre, Cambridge.
He brought the character of Joe Casey to life in the original production, which debuted in the West End at the Cambridge Theatre back in 2002.
He said: “I would like to wish your cast, your crew, your creative team and everybody at the School the best of luck. I really hope you have the best of times. I won’t be able to come and see the show, but I’ll be thinking of you when your curtain goes up every night. Have lots of fun and break a leg!”
The Perse Players’ production features a 27-strong cast of pupils from Year 7 to the Upper Sixth, as well as members of the School’s new Technical Theatre Club, who will be providing backstage and technical support to the performances for the first time.
The Perse is one of the first schools the ADC Theatre has worked with as part of its new community outreach project. It is also the first Perse Players production directed by The Perse’s new Theatre Director in Residence, Matthew Hawksworth, who previously worked as a professional theatre practitioner and choreographer, and whose many credits include working on the 2012 London Olympic Games opening ceremony.
Matthew said: “Our House promises to be a fun, high-energy and characterful show. It’s an ensemble piece in its truest form, with students across all age groups getting involved, which is great to see. An enormous thank you goes to Mike for taking the time to send this message to us. He is a highly-respected actor and an old friend and I’m extremely grateful to him for this – it’s going to give everyone a real boost as we head into our final preparations for the show.”
This production has been a truly collaborative process, with musical direction from The Perse’s Head of Extra-Curricular Music Ben Wingfield, backstage support from local artist Dan Biggs and Tom Cliff from local technical logistics company Curved Elephant, and assistance from the ADC’s Theatre Manager Flo Carr and Technical Manager Mitchell Clarke.
Tickets are still available for the three performances on 24-26 March and can be booked on the ADC Theatre website.