Talented youth turn out for Fame
Energy, exuberance, enthusiasm, action – this was Fame, as performed by the juniors of Christ’s College and Rangi Ruru Girls’ School.
College’s Director of Drama, Hannah Clarkson, gave a cohort of Years 9–10 students the chance to shine – and a lifetime memory – in the making of this well-known musical.
Audiences were restricted because of Covid-19 Alert Level 2 constraints, but the buzz of energy from the stage through the Old Boys' Theatre meant everyone was on the journey with the students of the New York High School of the Performing Arts. Whether dance, acting, or music majors, or the teachers, the cast of the latest joint production brought commitment and joy to their roles. And it was clear from the outset that these students were all going to achieve their moment of fame. From the Fame theme song, through all the other vocal challenges, the cast captivated the audience with its musicality, physicality, and sheer energy. And the finale didn’t disappoint. The show was only 1hr 15min long and over all too soon.
One happy spectator said “the fun was palpable” and “the students were obviously well trained by talented staff”.