A red carpet and floodlit sky heralded the opening night of a new musical based on a moment in history that laid the foundations of the outbreak of World War.
‘The Shot Heard round The World’ is the culmination of the creative efforts of three extremely talented Upper Sixth Students at Burgess Hill School for Girls. Tickets completely sold out with over 1400 people flocking to see this outstanding show over four performances and a dress rehearsal.
A year ago, Amy Scott, Beth King and Lily Williams had a crazy idea, one they thought would be impossible to achieve, to write and direct a musical. Fast forward to today, after hundreds of hours of hard work, they find themselves with 12 songs, a 2 hour script, a cast of 27, a fantastic band of 9 very professional musicians and three very proud directors. The musical was performed at Burgess Hill School on the 13th, 14th and 15th March 2014.
The Shot Heard ‘Round the World follows the life of Gavrilo Princip, the young revolutionary who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the event commonly believed to be the trigger to the First World War. It is a story of love, sacrifice and passion. The girls aim, controversially, to tell the story from his perspective and explore an angle of the Great War that has not been explored before. As 2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War, it is a particularly appropriate time to showcase the musical and commemorate the anniversary.
The outstanding success of this show reflects the immense talent, energy and enthusiasm of everyone involved. Lily, Beth and Amy said: “We must say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped us from Burgess Hill School for Girls. They have believed in us enough to let us write, direct and perform the main school production and we can’t express how moving that is. The school has shaped all of us as people and has given us so much support over the years.”
Attended by VIPs from the world of theatre and entertainment, Burgess Hill Town Major, local press and a representative from the Royal British Legion, The Shot Heard ‘round The World was the first production in the new Croft II Performance, Drama and Music complex at the school, and provided a fitting launch event for the enhanced facilities completed just a few weeks ago.
Report and picture contributed by Burgess Hill School for Girls.