Kirkby Lonsdale school's ballet set for theatre date

Danielle Falkingham, Eleanor Sugden, Dina Robinson and Katie Moor with (front) Kate Threlfall as Alice

Danielle Falkingham, Eleanor Sugden, Dina Robinson and Katie Moor with (front) Kate Threlfall as Alice

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AN AMBITIOUS school ballet production believed to be the only one of its kind in the country is set to perform at a professional producing theatre.

Queen Elizabeth School at Kirkby Lonsdale’s production of Alice Through The Looking Glass is thought to be the only state school to have tackled a full-length ballet for its annual Christmas show and has secured a slot at Dukes Theatre in Lancaster next month.

The two-hour performance, which features 35 dancers and a 12-piece orchestra playing an original musical score written by head of music J Hartley, includes cast members as young as 14.

The feisty character of Alice, who feels like the world is against her, is played by 18-year-old student Kate Threlfall and is inspired by the emotive tale of Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s story Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.

This follows the school’s version of The Nutcracker ballet in 2011.

Director Jasper Marriott – who has taught at the school for more than nine years – began scripting the production last year.

“This is a huge collaboration for staff and students at the school and it is down to the ambitious attitude of all those involved, which has brought the project up to a professional level,” he said.

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“The chance to perform at the Duke’s is the newest element for us and is a huge achievement.” He also paid credit to head teacher Chris Clarke for giving the theatre arts department the budget and freedom to put on a production of this scale.

“The Curious Dance Company has always worked in a way to attract a wider audience,” Mr Marriott said.

“We wanted to take it out of the school boundaries and present it as a quality production of a professional standard. And the technical ability of our performers has allowed us to achieve this.”

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