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Trio contribute significantly to Bonnie and Clyde musical at Storyhouse Chester

Trio contribute significantly to Bonnie and Clyde musical at Storyhouse Chester

A staff member at Rydal Penrhos, together with a current and former pupil, contributed to a high-profile performance surrounding two of the most notorious criminals in American history.

Music teacher Richard Davies, Year 9 pupil Beau Holden and 2017 leaver Elishia Phillips, were members of the Chester Operatic Society cast for their thrilling musical production of Bonnie and Clyde, which was held from Thursday, September 7 to Saturday 9.

The musical took place at Storyhouse Chester, which is a £37 million theatre, library, cinema and arts centre that features an 800-seat auditorium, a 200-seat studio theatre and a 100-seat boutique cinema.

Mr Davies took on the role of Artistic and Musical Director and this success follows on from his acting debut at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where the staff member played Richard Guiteau in Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins”.

Talented actress Beau, who played a significant role in the success of Rydal Penrhos’ Dramatic Society performance of Annie the Musical, added to her on-stage experiences in the role of Young Bonnie and the 13-year-old produced another exceptional performance throughout.

Former pupil Elishia, who will begin her further education journey at the University of Leeds this month (Theatre and Performance), also performed well as one of the three Jailbirds.

The performance was also attended by Head of English and Drama Leah Crimes, who took to social media site Twitter to praise the trio for their outstanding efforts.

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow were American criminals who travelled the central United States with their gang during the Great Depression, robbing people and killing when cornered or confronted.

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