Final curtain call as John Summers High School's last ever show approaches


Sam Torr

THE show must go on as a school gets set to hold its last ever stage production.

Pupils at John Summers High School have been rehearsing since September for the school’s closing production, which will be an emotional end of an era for everyone involved.

The show, called The Final Curtain, is a compilation of the school’s most recent plays, and will see the return of past students to mark the occasion.

The Queensferry high school will close from August, providing upgrades are made to Connah’s Quay High School which is expected to accommodate most of the John Summers pupils.

Cris Stanford, head of drama at the school, has been working on the play since June 2016, and described it as “heart breaking” that this will be the last one they ever do.

He said: “To be honest it’s heart breaking that it’s the last one, but I know it’s going to be the best one we have ever done and will be a great way to mark this hard time.

“Some of those pupils who have left will be returning to do it which is really nice and it will be lovely to see them back.”

As well as the returning pupils, the show is made up of about 40 pupils from year’s seven to 11 at the school.

The school has also invited their ex staff members, governors and ex governors as well as family to come along to enjoy the final performance.

Mr Stanford said: “The show really is an amalgamation of everything we have ever done at the school, condensed and chopped and put into one big thing. We’ve taken bits of everything and put them all together.

“It spans nearly a decade of memories and productions at John Summers and it is going to be a really big show.”

The production will be held at 7pm on March 1, 2 and 3 and tickets are just £4 for adults and £2 for children.

“I’m very excited for the performance but I know it’s going to be awfully sad at the same time,” Mr Stanford added.

Those who want to get tickets to The Final Curtain can do so by ringing the school reception on 01244 831575 or through the school’s drama department.

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