The Perse School

Perse pupils are on song with National Youth Music Theatre

11 Apr 2018

Two Perse pupils will be displaying their skills on and off stage after gaining places with the National Youth Music Theatre.

Corbin Abbasi (Year 9) and Alice Lord (Year 10) have been invited to join the renowned company for shows at The Other Palace in London’s West End and Bury St Edmunds’ Theatre Royal respectively.

Corbin will be playing the role of Alf in the NYMT production of A Little Princess from 6 to 8 August, while Alice will be working backstage on a new musical entitled Super Hero on 20 May.

It will be Corbin’s second season with the company, which has nurtured the likes of Idris Elba, Eddie Redmayne and Sheridan Smith, having played a duckling in last year’s staging of Honk – a musical based on The Ugly Duckling fairy tale – at Bury St Edmunds and The Rose Theatre in Kingston.

He said: “It feels great. It’s a real privilege to have been selected to perform with such a great company and I’m really looking forward to it.

“I had an audition at The Perse where I had to sing a song and do some acting and dancing. I was then recalled to London, where I had to perform some extracts from different shows they’re doing this year.

“Although I had some experience from having done it last year and felt a bit more confident, it was still a real achievement getting selected.”

Listen to Corbin talk more about A Little Princess and preparations for the show below.

Meanwhile, Alice, who was assistant deputy stage manager on the Perse Players’ recent production of Billy Elliot the Musical, cannot wait to get her teeth into working with the NYMT on Super Hero.

The new show sees central character Sammy Simpson have the power to turn any situation into a musical – whenever he starts dancing, singing or whistling, everyone else joins in. As a result, his parents send him to Hero High for supernaturally gifted children, where Sammy must try to foil the evil Miss Menace’s plot to take over the school.

Alice said: “I feel so great to have been chosen. It will be in a theatre that I’ve never worked in before with people I’ve never worked with before on a brand new production. I’ve met the writers and directors and it’s going to be great fun.”

Hear Alice explain how she got into technical theatre and the behind the scenes work that goes into putting on a show below.


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