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Fame for Airedale Academy students

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Hit musical Fame is to be performed at Airedale Academy next week by a set of students who are no strangers to the limelight.

Sixth form performing arts students, who go by the name ‘The Cast’ will take to the stage on Wednesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 22 at the Castleford Phoenix Theatre, next to the school on Crewe Road.

The academy’s artistic director, Tracey Bell says she hopes as many people as possible will come and watch the ‘exceptional’ show.

She said: “It’s local, home-grown talent at its best.”

The students recently returned from Disneyland, Paris after being chosen to perform a 30 minute show at the holiday resort.

They also tour local primary schools with themed shows that support literacy initiatives and have appeared in educational films for the West Yorkshire Police.

Ms Bell said: “These students work so very hard and have been a pleasure to teach, we are very, very proud of them .

“They have an amazing future ahead, and I’m sure we will be seeing their names in lights.”

She said they chose Fame as their final major performance because of the success they have enjoyed over the last two years, adding: “The show mirrors the journey these talented students have been on and demonstrates the hard work they have put in. It also shows the pitfalls of the arts industry.”

Every one of the students who applied to university has been successful in securing a place, and several of them have the luxury of choosing between three or more universities after being offered places at them all.

The group is currently writing and creating a show highlighting the problem of online grooming on social media.

Many of them are also performing in ‘Beat It,’ a charity fundraising event for Weston Park Cancer hospital, two days after Fame closes, alongside dancers from Channel 4’s Big Ballet.

Ms Bell added: ‘These students give back to their community on a regular basis. “Their hearts are as big as their talent, whichis yet another reason they are so special.”

Tickets for Fame cost £8 for adults and £6 for concessions.

The show starts at 7.15pm.

Call 01977 664566 to book or visit www.castlefordphoenixtheatre.co.uk

 

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