Barnstaple Young Generation are celebrating a total sell-out of their forthcoming production of Disney's High School Musical, an unprecedented six weeks before it opens at the Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple The box office at the theatre has been inundated

Barnstaple Young Generation are celebrating a total sell-out of their forthcoming production of Disney's High School Musical, an unprecedented six weeks before it opens at the Queen's Theatre in BarnstapleThe box office at the theatre has been inundated with requests for tickets, and confirm it is a first for Barnstaple for an amateur show to sell out this far in advance.Company manager Kev Behan comments: "We are absolutely staggered! ... we know that the show is popular and when it played in Bristol and Tiverton recently, those venues were sold out just prior to the run, but six weeks in advance - that's scary!"Plans are now being put in place to try to add an extra performance to avoid the disappointment being expressed by so many who are unable to get to see the show. Members of the public who still want tickets are being urged to contact the Queen's Theatre box office on (01271) 324242 to add their names to the waiting list to judge whether or not an extra performance is viable."This show has taken our breath away from the outset" says Kev, "We were inundated with applications to be in the show when more than 140 young people turned up for auditions in November, finally ending up with a cast of nearly 70, the biggest to date for this company. "The standard was so high, we were unable to turn them away, we just had to take as many as possible."Kev adds: "We were really lucky to get the licence to perform it as news of the tour had already broken when we applied, and BYG were among the last few companies nationwide to secure the rights before it was withdrawn for amateur performance in larger venues. It's amazing how this show has grown from a Disney Channel movie. It's been on ice, in concert and is now selling out across the UK as the professional tour takes to the road. I guess it's an age-old story using a successful formula - a pastiche on Romeo and Juliet - set in a contemporary American high school setting."The Young Generation are not total strangers to sell-out performances as their award-winning production of Les Miserables School Edition, three years ago played to full houses by the end of the run.BYG are now in full rehearsal for the show which runs nightly April 16-19. www.young-generation.9k.com