West End star inspires pupils in return to her old school
INTERNATIONAL musical theatre star Fiona Finsbury returned to her former school to tell pupils about life on the West End stage.
Fiona, who attended King’s Girls’ Division until 2004, has spent the last two years starring in over 750 performances of the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera, playing the lead character Carlotta an incredible 250 times.
She told the girls: “I had dreamt of performing at the West End since I was seven years old.
“I have been very lucky and when I’m not playing Carlotta I am in the show every night playing five different characters and wearing a range of brilliant costumes.”
Fiona added: “During my time in the Girls’ Division I had a very active role in the music and drama departments.
“My fondest memories of King’s include drama lessons and singing in the girls’ barbershop choir.”
King’s Speakers’ Club has been running for 10 years to inspire pupils and provide careers information on a host of professions.
King’s Head Girl, Lauren Hayward who wants to go on to the stage, said: “Fiona was extremely passionate and inspiring, and perhaps her best piece of advice is something that all of us should aspire to live by: ‘Be focused, work hard, be kind’.”
●● King’s Girls’ pupils Verity Griffin and Lauren Hayward with Fiona Finsbury