West End star inspires pupils in re­turn to her old school

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

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

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