On Thursday 16th November the students of St Aidan’s Comprehensive, Cootehill, put on a Broadway Showstopper. The show was made up of extracts from a number of musicals, including Wicked, Chicago, Les Miserables and more. The show performed by the students was outstanding and a credit to their talents, efforts and hard work. Students from all years were involved. Everyone had a part to play and they all pulled it together so well, the teamwork and cooperation was so evident with the emotional last performance of ‘This is Me’. A number of students had solo parts, where their showcase of talent was incredible. In ‘Wicked’ we had Aoife Shalvey playing Glinda and Kayla Farrell as Alphabel. In Les Miserables, Chloe opened the act with her performance of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ as the broken-hearted Fantine missing her love and her daughter, Cosette. Cosette was played by Kaitlin Hughes, singing the delicate ‘Castle on a Cloud’ while doing her chores. A number of voices were heard in the factory, with Katie playing the jealous factory girl, Emma McMullen Maguire as the Forewoman, and Annie Farrell as the Mayor. In the closing act we saw the girls step into the 1920’s jazz scene where Roxie is going down for murder. Hannah Moynagh played Roxie, unnerved as she meets the fellow prisoners while they explain why they’re locked up. All That Jazz was brought to life by Vera, played by Ellen McCaul. Vera takes a shining to new girl Roxie and the two close the act with a performance together. We also can’t forget about our backstage crew who really pulled out all the stops to ensure the show went on as smoothly as possible! All of the late nights and long hours practicing and rehearsing, singing and acting, it was all worthwhile when we got to watch the end product. With only five weeks of preparation, the result was perfection. As they say in Broadway, the show must go on!