STUDENTS of the Alice Smith School recently had a chance to stage their own production of the popular broadway musical Fame, which proved to be a hit with its audience during its sell-out run over four nights.
Directed by the school’s secondary campus drama teacher Melissa Bicknell, a cast and crew of over 50 students between the ages of 13 and 18 prepared for the production from September last year.
One of the most successful musical productions in the world, Fame touches many timeless issues faced by youth such as prejudice, identity, self-worth, literacy and perseverance.
The play deals with a group of vibrant young people who audition for the chance to study at the famous New York High School of Performing Arts, and their trials of trying to succeed in the performing arts field.
Bicknell said that the musical was a challenging one to put together, due to its complex dance, music and vocal arrangements.
“With the development of drama at the school and its growth as a subject, the students are far more skilled as performers and rose to the challenge.
“Committed and enthusiastic, the students have made rehearsals fun and enjoyable from start to finish,” she said.
To give the performance an extra edge, students also had the opportunity to work with professional musicians and a choreographer for the first time.
The school’s director Valerie Thomas-Peter said that the teachers had invested time and effort in ensuring that every aspect of the play was up to mark.
“The students taking part have much to gain from their involvement in this event, which allows students to share their creativity in unique ways to create an original performance outside of the traditional curriculum and classroom environment,” she added.
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