Youngsters from the Hillingdon Musical Society (HMS) are determined to put on a memorable performance in memory of their beloved director who passed away just weeks before the curtains rise.
Kenny Frier, who was the inspiration for the youth performances, died suddenly from a brain tumour in the lead up to the premier of the society's new show Sunshine on Leith.
But the kids have shown grit and determination and declared 'the show must go on' in memory of Kenny, who was aged 56.
Chairman of HMS, Ali Whittall, said: “Now all we need to do is fill the theatre to ensure we support the youngsters and give Kenny's last ever show for HMS the standing ovation it most definitely deserves.”
Sunshine on Leith is a lesser known musical featuring music from the Scottish band The Proclaimers, written by Stephen Greenhorn.
Least year the youths, aged from three to 16, opted for an epic production of Les Miserables School Edition , but opted for a smaller scale show in 2016.
Cast Abby Dearing: “It has been great to be part of a fantastic company undertaking an amazing but lesss well known show.
“We have really been able to put our own HMS stamp on it and I am sure you will love.”
The show runs from Thursday August 25 until Saturday August 27 at Iver Village Hall near Uxbridge .
Sophie Patterson , who plays Jean in the show, said ‘I have really enjoyed being part of the cast of Sunshine on Leith, particularly learning the Scottish accent. I even spent three days at The Edinburgh Festival learning to perfect it.
“Our director, Kenny, was an inspiration to us all and without him, I would not have had so many opportunities both in HMS and Pedal.’
For show times and tickets click here.