UPDATED: Armed robbers held up students selling tickets for their Oslo high school’s annual theatrical revue Wednesday night, staging unexpected and unwelcome drama even before the curtain went up.
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that several students at Fagerborg School in Oslo were threatened with a knife by three masked robbers, who then made off with around NOK 60,000 in cash (about USD 10,000).
Police quickly arrested one young man after the robbery and told NRK Thursday morning that they expected more arrests would be made soon. The man in custody Wednesday night was not a student at the school. Police announced the arrest of another 17-year-old boy later on Thursday, reported NRK.
Kjell Hjulstad, operations leader for the Oslo Police District, described the robbery as serious. One of the assailants grabbed one of the female students who was selling tickets in a makeshift box office at the school and threatened to strangle her.
“The assailants were violent,” Hjulstad told NRK. “They reportedly beat and kicked the students in addition to threatening them with a knife. We are taking this case very seriously.”
January is traditionally annual school revue season in Norway, with high schools often putting on elaborate and provocative theatrical revues featuring song, dance and comedy skits. The so-called Fagerborgrevyen is one of Norway’s longest-running school theatrical productions, premiering for the first time in 1922.
Students work hard to mount the productions, and this year’s revue at Fagerborg had been in the works for months before its long-planned premiere Wednesday night. It’s due to run for 10 days and the show must go on, declared its backers.
“A revue is a revue, we can’t put our plans on ice because of a wretched robbery,” Rein Ammundsen of the revue staff told NRK. He said the proceeds from ticket sales were supposed to cover his school’s rental of equipment, and he feared the production now may post a loss.