Online pressure grows on Alfie to come to the show

From left, MyUK Blackpool cast members Jordan Kennedy, Shane Rice, Katy Johnston and Ben David for Les Miserables School Edition to be performed at Lowther Pavilion July 30 to August 2 2014
From left, MyUK Blackpool cast members Jordan Kennedy, Shane Rice, Katy Johnston and Ben David for Les Miserables School Edition to be performed at Lowther Pavilion July 30 to August 2 2014
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Young performers have been storming the internet barricades in calling for Alfie Boe to hear their people sing.

The cast of Musical Youth UK Blackpool are staging the blockbuster musical Les Miserables, which made Boe’s name, at Lowther Pavilion next week.

The full cast of MyUK Blackpool's production of Les Miserables School Edition to be performed at Lowther Pavilion July 30 to August 2 2014

The full cast of MyUK Blackpool's production of Les Miserables School Edition to be performed at Lowther Pavilion July 30 to August 2 2014

And they’ve taken to social media sites Twitter and Facebook, with the hashtag #getalfieboetoourshow while messaging the Fleetwood star online.

Although they have connections to his family, with brother Michael a vocal coach to several of the 38-strong cast, so far the MyUK team have not had any luck contacting the man himself.

Katy Johnston, 18, is playing Eponine in the production, which opens at the Lytham theatre on Wednesday, as well as running the show’s social media accounts.

“It started that we were kind of joking how good it would be if he could come and see our show, as he’s so well known for playing Jean Valjean in Les Miserables,” she said.

“Then our musical director Joe Martin tweeted Alfie, saying #getalfieboetoourshow, and told us about it so we could try it too - now it has gone a bit crazy.

“We’re hoping he might be at home at the moment. He was in a concert in Edinburgh at the weekend, so we’ve done a bit of stalking.

“His brother can’t come, as he’s on holiday, but he trying to find out if Alfie can come.”

Their impressive efforts have seen the hashtag message used more than 5,000 times on Twitter and it was trending in Blackpool on Thursday night - meaning it was one of the top 10 most mentioned topics on the site.

“We’re carrying on the campaign,” said Katy. “And we hope to get it trending even further now.”

* Les Miserables School Edition, MyUK Blackpool, Lowther Pavilion, Lytham, Wednesday, July 30 to Saturday, August 2, 7.30pm, plus 2.30pm on Saturday.