SOLIHULL STUDENTS GET SELL-OUT CROWDS ROCKING

12 April 2017

Solihull School students had their audiences rocking as they took to the stage to perform The Who’s Tommy.

Bringing the rock musical to life in the school’s Bushell Hall, more than 30 students delivered four performances of the iconic production to successive sell-out crowds.

Tommy, which is based on the music of The Who’s Pete Townshend and a book by Townshend and Des McAnuff, was the school’s first rock opera in almost 40 years of annual musicals.

Among those in the audience was Tim Schwersenz, an Old Silhillian who returned to the school for the first time in 10 years to watch the production.

Mr Schwersenz was an extra in the original Tommy film back in 1975 and was part of the crowd in the famous Pinball Wizard scene with Elton John. He said: “As someone who was an extra in the original film, I know the story and the songs very well and the school performance was exceptional. Well done to all for a superb performance.”

James Hammond, head of drama at Solihull School, said: “I was tremendously excited to direct Tommy. For a rock fan who is also a theatre director, there are few projects as thrilling.

“I have been absolutely delighted in the way that our talented performers have embraced the challenge of bringing Solihull School its first ever rock opera and the feedback we have had has been very rewarding.”

For more information about upcoming performances and events at Solihull School, visit www.solsch.org.uk/calendar or call 0121 705 0958.