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‘Fame’ students rise to challenge


TALENTED TRIO -- from left, Emily Newsome, Ben Stewart and Emily Barker -- DISPIC NHUD12-0538-3

2 April 2012

‘FAME’, has been successfully staged in 24 different countries, has had seven separate runs on London’s West End and has been nominated for three Laurence Olivier Awards.

‘FAME’, has been successfully staged in 24 different countries, has had seven separate runs on London’s West End and has been nominated for three Laurence Olivier Awards.

So Hucknall National Academy had a lot to live up to by choosing the musical for its annual show.

But the production team rose admirably to the challenge with three performances to large audiences.

The plot follows the fortunes of an assorted group of teenagers at New York’s High School For Performing Arts.

Lydia Sterling shone as the feisty but ultimately vulnerable student, Carmen Diaz. As the classical musician, Schlomo Metzenbaum, whom Carmen befriends, Asher Smith was entitled to blow his own trumpet by showing his prowess with this instrument.

A romance also develops between acting students Serena Katz (Jodie West) and Nick Piazza (Tom Cable), while hip-hop dancer Tyrone Jackson (Andre Chambers) and budding ballerina Iris Kelly (Megan Singleton) prove that opposites attract.

Josh Palmer, Paige White, Beth Poole and Nathan Brough made able contributions as other students, with Emily Newsome, Emily Barker, Ben Stewart and Christy Shaw as their teachers.

The show was directed by Jo Lenton, with Andrea Nicolaou musical director and Rebecca Case choreographer.


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