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Students participate in unique performance showcase in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 May 2015

The Performance Showcase at Lowestoft Sixth Form College.

The Performance Showcase at Lowestoft Sixth Form College.

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Talented performers took part in a special performance showcase at Lowestoft Sixth Form College recently, ahead of their all-important practical exams.

Students  from the sixth form college, Ormiston Denes Academy, Pakefield High School and Aldeburgh Music's Vocal Group took part. Pictures: MICK HOWES.Students from the sixth form college, Ormiston Denes Academy, Pakefield High School and Aldeburgh Music's Vocal Group took part. Pictures: MICK HOWES.

The event featured students from the college, Ormiston Denes Academy, Pakefield High School and the Noye’s Fludde vocal group, run by Aldeburgh Music.

The evening included over 30 solo and group performances of contemporary dance,

a variety of songs, improvised drama, monologues and musical theatre numbers.

Many of the pieces had been choreographed by sixth form students, who watched from the audience ahead of their final exam to check for any final notes.

Some of the pieces explored different themes - a protective friendship, dealing with depression, love and bullying or explored choreographic works and styles.

It gave the students an opportunity to put their skills to the test in front of an audience and iron out any problems before their exams.

The mayor of Lowestoft, Stephen Ardley, kindly supported the event along with a large audience of peers, staff and parents.

It was the college’s second showcase in collaboration with the schools. The performing arts network enables the college and the schools to share expertise and opportunities to promote dance and performance in the area.

Aldeburgh Music rehearse at the College fortnightly, which brings together young people in the area who are passionate about singing and explore many musical genres.

Katy Grayshon, teacher of dance and drama at Lowestoft Sixth Form College said: “The event was the result of a collaboration of a huge group of like-minded people who see believe in what the arts can add to the community.

“I was very proud of the hard work put in by all my students and particularly impressed by the quality of all the dancers.”

Principal Yolanda Botham added: “The performances were rich and varied from all involved. I particularly enjoyed Alice Hunton and Cassie Stephenson’s duet.

“Aldeburgh Music’s vocal group impressed us with their range and the show stopper of the night was the final act ‘One’ from a Chorus Line sung with passion by our Wednesday Plus More Performance Workshop group.”

Are you organising a special event? Email joe.randlesome@archant.co.uk

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