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Jul 7 2005
By Gareth Deighan, The Evening Chronicle
These wannabe stars are hoping to grab their own slice of Fame in the hit musical.

The performing arts students from Newcastle College will take to the stage tonight in the award-winning show.

Many of the youngsters are heading off for auditions in London and the two-night performance of Fame will be their Tyneside swan song.

Course leader and show director Katherine Quist said: "It seems like yesterday when the students were auditioning for their places.

"During the past two years I have had the pleasure of seeing them blossom into confident and exiting performers.

"It has been a journey of pain, joy, dedication and at times exhaustion for all of us. The first-year students have had the demands of a hectic schedule and assessments while trying to find their way on the course.

"The second-years have had the pressure of extremely rigorous preparation for auditions for some of the most prestigious vocational dance and theatre schools in London and academic institutions."

Katherine's cast is made up of more than 20 students who have worked late nights and early mornings on the 80s musical.

Fiona Stephenson, 17, who plays one of the leads, Serena Katz, said: "I've really enjoyed the training I have received while I've been here and am thankful for all the support.

"When I finish this September, I would like to continue my training as a professional and move to London."

Craig Moffat, 18, of Newcastle, who started performing when he was just 14, said: "I've been here for the past two years and it's been absolutely brilliant. I've made some great friends and I'll miss them.

"The rehearsals have been hard work but I've enjoyed every second of them and I just can't wait for tomorrow night when the show starts.

The performances is on at the Performance Academy on Newcastle College's Rye Hill Campus, off Scotswood Road. Tickets are £3 on the door.

For more information ring the academy's box office on (0191) 226 7500.



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