Preston College

What a feeling! Students bring flashdance to the stage

News - Sunday, 9th June, 2013

Melissa-Beth Barnard in character as Alex Owens

Melissa-Beth Barnard in character as Alex Owens

STUDENTS from Preston College’s Performing Arts programme took to the Charter Theatre stage once more for their stage production of hit 80’s movie, ‘Flashdance.’

Running from Wednesday 5th June to Saturday 8th June, the show was a fun-filled spectacle of drama, music and dance.

The cast, drawn from the College’s performing arts courses at all levels performed the story of Alex Owens, a welder who dreams of making it as a dancer.

The hit musical, featuring numbers such as ‘What a feeling’, ‘Maniac’ and ‘Don’t Stop’ has been a hit on Broadway and in the West End and the College brought it to the stage in Preston for the first time.

Anne Markland, show director and programme team leader for performing arts at the College said:

“The students have worked so hard and really risen to the challenge and I hope that people enjoyed the show that we put together for them – it’s been great fun producing it!

“We are proud to boast the most impressive and state of the art teaching and performing space where all areas have been able to work together further developing the skills of all our learners through art and design (including fashion and textiles), music, photography and media and performance and production skills.

On the course, we strive to give our students not only the best academic teaching experience but also practical experience through a range of activities, allowing them to develop real industry skills, gain contacts, in many cases leading to work and the end of year show is one of these opportunities.”

In recent years, the College has packed out the theatre as its students have performed shows such as High School Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar and Fame all to great acclaim.

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