West End star impressed by drive and determination of Wisbech drama students
- Credit: Archant
WEST End star Peter Polycarpou - who has appeared in Les Miserables, Cats and Miss Saigon - held a full day workshop at The Angles Theatre in Wisbech for aspiring RATzcool students.
Peter was full of admiration for the drive and determination of the youngsters, who worked tirelessly towards creating a performance for appreciative parents at the end of the session.
Theatre trustee Emlyn Moment said: “After 33 years in the West End, there was so much background, insight and detail that Peter was able to share with the students that I am sure it will take them a while before they realise just what an adventure they had during the session.”
Peter is famed for his nine year television role as Chris Theodopolopoudos in Birds of a Feather, and went on to be in the original cast of the now classic Les Miserables, followed by a variety of West End roles including Old Deuteronomy in ‘Cats’ and the phantom in Andrew Lloyd-Weber’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’. In September 1989 Peter created the role of John in Miss Saigon.
The RATzcool students worked through a number of songs, from a variety of musicals including ‘I know him so well’ from Chess; ‘Another Day’ and ‘Seasons of Love’ from Rent; ‘At the end of the day’ and ‘On my own’ from Les Miserables; and ‘I’d give my life for you’ and ‘Bui Doi’ from Miss Saigon.
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Emlyn added: “It was a wonderful day and Wisbech children proved they had as much talent, drive and desire as children anywhere else in the country.”
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