Following Ashfield School’s sell-out and much lauded performances of West Side Story in December, 6 of the cast entered the prestigious local Junior Showtime talent competition at the weekend with their rendition of ‘Gee Officer Krupke!’
This number went down a storm with the audiences at Christmas, and it would seem that the students had lost none of their sparkle at the weekend…as they were announced winners of Best Group! The students and their supporters, which included family members, friends, and members of staff from Ashfield’s Performing Arts faculty, were absolutely delighted with their well-earned success, not least because this was the only number on the night NOT performed by students representing specialist dance or theatre schools.
Head of Drama at the school, Bryan Sluman, said of the achievement: “We are just so proud of our students who have WON Best Group in this year’s Junior Showtime! They performed to a packed theatre (600 people) and represented Ashfield School and the Performing Arts faculty brilliantly; they did such a great job! Thanks also to everyone who supported and coached them in readiness for this competition – it was a huge team effort!”
Speaking after their incredible win, the students were keen to commend staff at Ashfield School, but one summed up his experience beautifully:
“I’ve really enjoyed being part of the West Side Story cast and being able to perform in the Junior Showtime…it was an honour to represent Ashfield School with this number. I first joined Ashfield a year ago in their 6th Form because I heard about their phenomenal shows. I had the pleasure to perform in their version of Les Miserables and I fell in love with their [Performing Arts] department. For West Side Story, I was in awe of how amazing and professional the cast was. I love the idea of the whole cast being part of a family and I’m looking forward to my last shows with them.”
A massive well done to the students whose hard work, commitment, energy and raw talent are quite something to behold! Roll on December for the school’s next show…