School performers to take on musical ‘Fame’

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THE HIGH-octane musical ‘Fame’ is the challenge facing starstruck pupils taking on the production for their annual show at Hucknall National Church of England Academy.

The school will proudly present its own version of the well-known Broadway and West End hit in the Canon Williams Hall at its Annesley Road campus. The performances are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 21, 22 and 23, all starting at 7 pm.

Spokeswoman Joanne Lenton said: “Our shows have become a traditional event and everyone is particularly excited about the one we are to put on this year. It is certainly a big challenge for us but all those involved have worked very hard in their efforts to make it a big success.”

A cast of about 40 from different academy year-groups will be taking part. The stage and set design is by sixth-former Jordan White and the humanities department has arranged the costumes.

A 1980 film which inspired a six-season TV series, ‘Fame’ chronicles the lives of several teenagers who attend a New York high school for students gifted in the performing arts.

The group of vibrant, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural young people gather to audition at the school, all strongly motivated by a dream that their abilities will make them famous.

They soon learn that it will take a lot more than dreams if they are to succeed.

The characters include Carmen Diaz, a sexy, confident but cocky dancer with a big ego; Schlomo Metzenbaum, a shy musician who sets up a rock band; Serena Katz, a timid yet enthusiastic actress; Mabel Washington, a dancer who is desperate to lose weight but can’t resist food; and Iris Kelly, a talented and graceful ballet dancer.

A dress rehearsal of the show took place on Monday and tickets are on sale now.

OUR PHOTO shows cast members warming up for their stage bow in ‘Fame’ — DISPIC NHUD12-0538-1