Young students thrill audiences in latest Rastrick variety evening

Finalists at Rastrick Got Talent
Finalists at Rastrick Got Talent

Students at Rastrick High School showed that they just don’t have talent in the classroom, but outstanding talent on the stage too.

For the third time at Lawrence Batley Theatre the school put on another night of variety entertainment.

The audience and judging panel were truly speechless at the diversity of gifted and talented students on show with musicians on piano, saxophone, drums and guitar to singers, dancers and Rastrick’s very own Beatles tribute band.

Many of the acts were entirely original with some composing their own music and songs, others choreographing their own routines and a new addition from staff who took each other on in a lip sync battle that would rival Jimmy Fallon, on America’s The Tonight show.

This year’s worthy winners were operatic duo Jake Adams and Matthew Wilson whose performance of ‘The Confrontation’ from Les Miserables would rival any West End Production.

Everyone was bowled over by their professionalism and maturity displayed reflected by a standing ovation from the audience.

Composer and pianist Ciaus Lee took joint second place along with Alex Child-Morris on drums.

Ciaus composed his own piece entitled ‘Bourne to Dance’ in honour of Choreographer, Matthew Bourne and his younger brother who recently appeared on stage in his production.

Alex has appeared in all previous shows and it was clear to witness the huge progress he has made and how he has enhanced his skills and now performs at a standard recognised in the professional arena.

Third place went to Destini Dyer, a vocalist with a huge voice and stage presence. Her rendition of ‘Titanium’ highlighted her incredible vocals in, what is, a difficult song to sing.

Deborah Adamson, organiser of the event, was thoroughly impressed with the dedication from all involved this year said: “The students and staff sacrificed a lot of their time between work and school to make this event a success, and it paid off.

“Each student was given a staff mentor and I feel this is one of the key parts to our success. Students are ready, able and well-rehearsed to rise to the challenge of the stage in a professional theatre. “It was clear to see the amazing progress that contestants show year on year – it certainly shows that ‘practice makes perfect’. “Andrew Ball, former Sixth Form student, returned from university as my willing co-host, takiong on a huge responsibility being next to me onstage but we became one and he too showed that Rastrick has certainly got talent.”

Headteacher, Mr Steve Evans, said, “this was once again a most entertaining and inspiring evening. The standard of performance was breath taking and reflected not just the superbly talented students we have at Rastrick High School, but the dedication and commitment of the staff for providing such an enriching experience for our students.”