STUDENTS from Formby High School are set to become the original cast for the stage adaptation of a popular novel, also due to be released as a Hollywood blockbuster next year.
The Spook’s Apprentice will be performed at Scarefest, on Saturday, September 6, at Crosby Civic Hall.
The book, written by author Joseph Delaney is the first in a series of novels entitled The Spook’s.
Joseph, 67, based the books loosely on towns in Lancashire, before he and his son Stephen, 41, turned the novel into a play.
Talented students from Formby High School were selected the star in the workshop production and have had just three weeks to get ready to put the show on.
Stephen, who works as a teacher, and co-director, Formby Book’s Tony Higginson, are thrilled with the effort the students have put in so far.
Stephen said: “They all have a fantastic attitude, which is why they were chosen. They are willing to completely throw themselves into the rehearsals and are prepared to give it a go.
“The effort these kids have put in is phenomenal, and I wouldn’t swap a single one of them for Leonardo DiCaprio!”
Stephen and his father decided to write the play after Stephen voiced his opinion that there were not enough decent plays available for schools to perform.
After a lot of time and hardwork, the duo finally completed their adaptation of The Spook’s Apprentice, which is due to be published soon.
Stephen added: “I started to write the first draft, then my dad would go over and edit it. I thought that he would change everything but he didn’t which was nice!”
The rights for the film version of the novel,which has been renamed The Seventh Son, have been bought by Warner Brothers.
It will star Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, and The Chronicles of Narnia actor, Ben Barnes.
For more information on Scarefest please visit www.seftonarts.co.uk