Students at Stoke on Trent College’s Performing Arts Department are showcasing their skills on stage at their annual musical extravaganza.
The department, based at the College’s Burslem campus, has carved out a reputation as a hotbed for talent in the industry.
Recent success stories include Krisztian Hegyi, who last year secured the Outstanding Music Student Of The Year accolade at the annual Access To Music Armstrong Learning Awards, presented by BBC Radio 1 presenter Edith Bowman.
Another former student, Sheridan Cassidy, is also on track to fame, with the launch of her first album, ‘Devotion.’
Now, there’s the chance to see the new talent of the future at this year’s annual event, ‘There Will Be No Musical This Year – The Musical.’
Held between Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 April, at the College’s high technology Performance Venue at the Burslem campus, the musical will be performed by students on the BTEC National/Extended Diploma in Performing Arts courses.
The show sees students perform a play featuring rock and pop classics, original songs and musical theatre numbers.
The plot centres on an imaginary storyline where a performing arts department is due to lose its theatre to make way for a computer suite.
It highlights the efforts of staff and students – told through song and dance – to save their venue.
Former productions from Stoke on Trent College’s Performing Arts department include shows such as Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Hot Mikado, Red Hot and Cole, Guys and Dolls, Me Me Me! and Maggie May.
The shows attract large audiences and are recognised for their strong displays of talent at group and individual level, as well as exceptional production values.
Martin Alcock, Lecturer in Performing Arts at the College said: “We demand a lot from our students and always push them to their limits.
“This show has over 50 students performing songs and dances that they have written and choreographed themselves – it is a huge commitment and dedication.
“We try to give them an experience of what it will be like in the real business; they had to turn this around in five weeks, practicing eight to twelve hours a week. It was really tough but they all worked really well and proved they could do it.
“I am very proud of them all.”