Ipswich School has been transformed into 1950s New York for a pupils’ production of the hit musical Guys and Dolls.

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More than 60 students, aged 14-18, are involved on stage, backstage and in the band. They’ve been rehearsing since the first week of September.

“Two years ago we had a show we had to postpone because of the snow so when I woke up Wednesday my heart sank. I’m just praying for sun now,” says head of drama Lindsey Ward, who’s also directing and choreographed the musical.

“Rehearsals went brilliantly. The students are loving it. They don’t want to be in school today, I think they’d like it to be the end of the day already.”

Students stage several productions throughout the academic year.

“We hadn’t done something which was really funny and a big musical. Guys and Dolls is funny, has great costumes, is a great setting and has some classic numbers people know like Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat and If I Were A Bell.

“It’ll be a good crowd-pleaser, audiences will see the incredible talent we have at Ipswich School and have a wonderful, toe-tapping evening... they’ll go out with a smile on their faces.”

Guys and Dolls continues at the Great School, off Ivry Street, Ipswich, until December 7. Tickets are available from the school office on 01473 408300.

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