“We sit alone and watch your light
Our only friend, through teenage nights
And everything we want to get
We download from the internet”
Rehearsals are well underway for our annual amateur production – We Will Rock You – a rousing musical featuring many of Queen’s much-loved classic hits including Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites the Dust, A Kind of Magic and, of course, We Will Rock You.
The unique production has been launched by Queen, Ben Elton and the producers of the worldwide hit musical We Will Rock You.
Alexi in year 11 plays lead character Scaramouche, and is loving every aspect of it. “My character is a ‘girl gone wrong’ – a rebel outcast. It’s exciting playing her,” says Alexi, who is currently studying for her drama GCSE. “I’ve been in every production so far at Bournside but this is the first time I’ve had a named part,” she says. “There’s a lot of responsibility in learning the songs. In ensemble and choral work there’s a lot less pressure, but when you have solos and duets there is a lot more pressure on you to get all the notes right.”
Another rebel outcast in the production is Galileo Figaro, played by year 12 student George. “I’ve been in all the productions at Bournside so far but this is the first time I have played a lead character. There is a lot of responsibility but it’s fun and you get a good rush when you’re doing the performance. I study maths and law so it’s good to have a creative release,” says George. “My character is a self-confessed nutter who is very shy and struggles to get his words out – I am still working on my character because I am outspoken and my character is not!” he says.
Evening performances – Thursday 17th January, Friday 18th January and Saturday 19th January at 7pm
Main Hall, Bournside
£6 for adults and £5 for students and concessions.
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Galileo Figaro – bohemian
Scaramouche – bohemian
Khashoggi – the evil commander of the secret police.
MacGuffin – bohemian
Pop – hippy bohemian
The story is set in the unspecified, vaguely Orwellian future. Earth’s name has been changed to Planet Mall. As the name would suggest, mainstream commercial conformity reigns. Everywhere on the planet, people watch the same movies, listen to computer-generated music, wear the same clothes and hold the same thoughts and opinions. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown. Representative government has been eliminated. All are controlled by the worldwide mega-corporation Globalsoft, which is headed by the ‘Killer Queen’ and the commander of her secret police, the evil Khashoggi. Those who dare to stand against Globalsoft’s enforced conformity are kidnapped and ‘brain stormed’ into submission.
However, a small group of ‘Bohemians’ struggles to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and (most of all) live music. As with the classic quest stories that it spoofs, the musical includes both a Messiah figure, the social outcast Galileo Figaro, and a MacGuffin that will restore freedom, the lost guitar of Queen guitarist, Brian May.
Together with his love interest, another dissident whom Galileo calls Scaramouche, Galileo joins with the Bohemians to find the guitar, and overthrow Globalsoft. However, when the Bohemians are captured and brain stormed, Galileo and Scaramouche are forced to flee for their lives.
Eventually they meet Pop, an older, hippie-esque Bohemian who yearns for the ‘old days’ when people were free and rock & roll was king… or Queen as the case may be. Again, fulfilling the classic role of ‘Guide’ for the two, Pop shows them a fragment of the Queen video (which ends after the opening lyrics), ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, further inspiring them. Impressed by the ‘heavenly music’, Galileo and Scaramouche eventually decide to search for the guitar at Wembley Stadium, the location of two legendary concerts by Queen. Though the stadium is a ruin, they find the guitar hidden in a wall. With guitar in hand, and Pop serving as ‘roadie’ for the two saviours, they perform a rousing rendition of the title song, ‘We Will Rock You’, and conclude with a marvellous arrangement of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.[/su_spoiler][/su_accordion]