Performing Arts students prove Matchfit in skills competition

Barnsley College Performing Arts students scooped prizes in three categories at the Matchfit Cultural and Creative Arts competition finals.

Second place was awarded in the Musical Theatre category for the students’ extract of ‘Hairspray’, third place was awarded in the Dance category for a self-choreographed piece to ‘Uptown Funk’ and also to Shane Morrall in the Singer/Songwriter category for a number of self-penned and performed songs.

The students also performed extracts of the musical Sweeney Todd, the hard hitting play 4:48 Psychosis and The Full Monty, which received a special mention from the judges.

66 performers and supporters from the Performing Arts Department attended Matchfit Skills UK, a series of vocational skills competitions held throughout the Yorkshire and Humberside Region. The students were competing against a number of local and regional colleges in the Cultural and Creative Arts competition finals which were held in Scarborough.

Performing Arts Course Leader Donna Turner said: “The performers and supporters all did the college proud. All of the pieces entered into the finals were directed or choreographed by our second year students, so we are especially pleased that the students won prizes when they were in competition with staff who directed pieces from other colleges. The students really enjoyed the day, and our production of ‘The Full Monty’ brought the house down.”

For more information on Performing Arts courses contact the Information Unit on +44 (0)1226 216 123.

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