Copyright row puts skids under school's version of 'Grease'
When Clacton County High School put on Grease in July, the owners of the copyright granted them a licence only on condition that there was no write-up in the local newspaper and that no one unconnected with the school was allowed to attend. The incident might have seemed mildly flattering, but now a long-standing plan for a one-night performance at the Wieland Gymnasium in Biberach, which is twinned with the Essex town, has had to be cancelled.
A request to take the show to Germany was met with a peremptory note refusing permission and an appeal to its United States agent, International Creative Management in New York, brought no joy. James Merillat, of the firm's musicals department, wrote that the response had been 'an emphatic no'.
No one at the company could be contacted yesterday, but a spokesman told an Essex newspaper that there were a limited number of licences for productions of Grease, even amateur ones, and that these had already been allocated. Now rehearsals have had to be stopped, and staff and pupils in the German school told that the November show cannot go on. Gregory West, director and drama teacher, said Biberach had already sent two school productions and a concert orchestra to Essex and was eagerly awaiting a return visit.
'I am talking about doing one night in a town in southern Germany with a population of 27,000 people, and the show is only going to be of interest to pupils and parents of the school we are twinned with. Now I have to go back to 28 kids who are re-rehearsing and say we are not going,' he said.
Sarah Chillingworth, aged 14, plays the leading lady, Sandy. She said all the cast was bitterly disappointed.
'We are all upset. I doesn't seem fair when we have been rehearsing so hard, she said.
The school still plans a trip to London, however, to see the West End show.
- 1 Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
- 2 Margaret Thatcher 'expressed fears of Asian rising' at Anglo-Irish summit in 1984
- 3 Sussex couple die in suspected Christmas Day 'suicide pact'
- 4 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 5 The Unluckiest People of the Year 2014 (and one very unlucky giraffe)
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'
Not specified: Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant Top tier investment bank i...
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executiv...
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: An international organisa...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwicksh...