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Posted: 03/03/11

Performance students are a class act

Performing arts students at West Nottinghamshire College are bringing stage and screen to life with a series of community performances in Warsop.

A group of 35 learners are staging two productions, both with a 1980s theme, at the town’s Meden School and Technology College, in Burns Lane.

One half of the group is performing a contemporary version of Romeo and Juliet, set around the 1984 miners’ strike, with the other staging the hit musical The Wedding Singer, also set in the eighties.  The performances have been produced as part of their Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts course.

Stacey Moon, programme area leader for music and performing arts, said:  “This is the first time we have given students a choice of performing in a musical or a classical theatre piece, so they could practice the genre they enjoy the most.

“The modern interpretation of Romeo and Juliet required them to learn Shakespeare along with the classical language and method of speech, while The Wedding Singer combines singing, dancing, choreography and acting.

“The students have been busy rehearsing since December and are really excited about the prospect of performing in front of a live audience, which will be a great experience for them.”

Performances of The Wedding Singer take place on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 March, at 7pm both evenings.  Tickets cost £4 adults and £3 concessions.  It will be followed by Romeo and Juliet on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 March, from 7pm both nights.  Tickets are priced £3 adults and £2 concessions.

Both performances are open to the public.  Tickets are available on the door prior to each performance, or can be purchased in advance from the college’s Media Studio in Thoresby Street, Mansfield, or by calling 01623 627191 ext. 8295.