Rehearsals ramping up for upcoming musical


Hot off a Broadway revival, the Rogers and Hammerstein classic ‘Carousel’ will be performed by a group of Nayland College and Broadgreen Intermediate students at the Theatre Royal from 19-22 May. You don’t want to miss it!

Every Sunday, Monday and Thursday afternoon around 60 students from Nayland and Broadgreen Intermediate meet in the Hall to rehearse for our upcoming school show, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Directed by Verity Davidson with Nigel Weeks and Kay Mackenzie as Music Directors and Jana Polglase as choreographer, Carousel will enchant audiences from 19-22 May at the Theatre Royal.

Leads in the show are:

  • Will Roddick as Billy Bigelow
  • Ruby Burr as Julie Jordan 
  • Lovinia Pluck as Carrie
  • Tiaki Sharp as Enoch Snow
  • Matthew Edgar as Jigger

Jana Polglase, choreographer, puts the cast through their paces in rehearsal. — Image by: Verity Davidson

The full cast list also includes:

Chris Bayley, Ollie Brookes, Emmogen Brown, Hannah Buckland, Henry Burgess, Anushka Castaing, Sonita Chiv, Molly Clarke, Reuben Cottom, McKenzie Curl, Tyler Curtis, Sara de Campos, Malindri Dinalankara, Samantha Douglas, Kaylee Douglas, Sophie Edwards, Claudius Ferreira, Tui Guerrero, Pearl Heke, Hayley Herald, Jasmine Howie, Will Irvine, Tegan Jessop, Lani Kalapu, Isabel Lyttle, Kenya Malone, Gracie McEwing, Ella McGeady, Tara McLarin, Ciara McLellan, Tamsyn Mitchem, Freya Moffat, Thora Moffat, Jack Nolan, Ilaria Old, Mia Partington, Abby Pierce, Hailey Potts, Maya Ricciardi, Emily Rodley, Astrid Sayer, Rhiannon Sinclair, Pippa Sussex, Luca Syme, Elise Thomas, Emilia Thorn, Lydia Underhill, Michael Vallance, David van Vledder, Uma Vij and Sophie Wells.

Behind the scenes props are being collected and created, costumes found and sewed, set being built and painted and ideas flowing for lighting, hair and make-up.

So many hours and so much work goes into creating a big show like this and we are blessed to have such creative, talented, hardworking and keen students and staff prepared to put in the time and effort to bring it all to the stage.

We look forward to filling the five shows at the theatre in May!

Jana Polglase, choreographer, puts the cast through their paces in rehearsal. — Image by: Verity Davidson

By Verity Davidson