Published: 26/02/2013 09:53 - Updated: 26/02/2013 10:02

A rockin good show from Alness pupils

S5 student Natalie Hamilton proudly displays the Rock Challenge trophy.
S5 student Natalie Hamilton proudly displays the Rock Challenge trophy.

TALENTED pupils at Alness Academy are in the spotlight after winning through to the national finals of a performing arts event.

The academy’s Rock Challenge Group scooped the Highlands and Islands Rock Challenge competition held at Eden Court in Inverness.

Competing against five other secondary schools, the Alness pupils came away with the top award and a place in the national finals in Dundee in June.

The theme for the drama/dance performance was "The Hunger Games" book and film. This theme was proposed by Natalie Hamilton of S5 and was the overwhelming favourite of all the pupils involved. A group of senior girls then chose the soundtrack and after auditions were held for the main parts, work commenced last summer on the choreography. The whole team, supported by a group of staff, have met to prepare every Friday since October and also every Sunday since Christmas.

On the day 47 dancers supported by a backstage crew of 18 put on eight minutes of dance and drama to win the top award and also the individual awards for choreography, costume design, set design and stage crew. Ken MacIver, rector of Alness Academy, said: "The judges were very impressed at what was a very polished and impressive team effort."

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