Rastrick's Got Talent

The Lawrence Batley Theatre, last Saturday, hosted a full house for the fourth annual Rastrick High School’s extravaganza of absolute talent.

The audience and judging panel were truly speechless at the diversity of gifted and talented students from musicians on piano and bass guitar to singers, traditional Irish dancing to contemporary and Rastrick’s future prospect in Beatboxing.

Many of the acts were entirely original, choreographing their own dance routines. Even the staff act had its own unique spin on the’ Cha Cha Slide’, leaving the audience in hysterics.   Many pupils performed their own variations of tracks from their favourite artists.

There were two age range categories this year with two worthy winners in the process.  The Key Stage 3 prize (age 11-14) was won by Year 7 Irish dancers, Evie Lord and Lottie Turner, whose performance got a standing ovation.  The judges believe the pair should be part of Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance!  

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The Key Stage 4 prize (age 15-16) was won by sensational pianist and singer Ella Fitt. She beautifully performed her own version of ‘Half the World Away’ by Oasis. The judges and audience were impressed by Ella’s combined skills in singing and playing the piano while connecting with the audience.  

Year 8 singers, Saskia Kirk and Ophelia Ormerod, were joint 2nd place winners, in the Key Stage 3 category, as the judges were torn between the two outstanding acts.   Saskia’s powerful performance of Naughty Boy’s ‘Running’, left the audience animated with delight.  Ophelia’s solo performance of the song ‘Memory’, from the musical Cats, transformed the theatre into London’s West End.  Year 7 Beat Boxer Assiyah Joseph took 3rd place in the Key Stage 3 category, impressing the judges, who commented that Assiyah has the potential to be the next UK BeatBox Champion, even better than ex Rastrick pupil, and 3 times UK BeatBox Champion, Patrick Hirst.

Charlotte Reason in Year 11 received 2nd place in the Key Stage 4 category, capturing the hearts of the audience with an incredible performance of ‘Someone Else’s Story’ from the musical Chess.  Zach Adams, also in Year 11, took 3rd place in the Key Stage 4 category, with a brilliant bass solo to the song ‘Master Blaster’ by Stevie Wonder.   

The judges this year were Deborah Adamson, the original creator of Rastrick’s Got Talent, and Jake Adams and Matthew Wilson, the previous winners of the show.  They had one of the hardest tasks of the night commenting on all the acts and choosing the top 3 in both age categories.  They shared useful constructive feedback that will inspire our pupils to develop and improve their skills.

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The hosts this year were Head Girl Tanazia Gabriel-Fleary and Head Boy George Plowman. Throughout the night they both shared cheeky, comical one liners to keep the audience amused in-between introducing the acts.  

Headteacher, Mr Steve Evans, said, “Once again Rastrick’s Got Talent was an entertaining and inspiring evening.  The standard of performances was breath taking and reflected not just the superbly talented students we have at Rastrick High School, but the enthusiasm and commitment of the staff for providing such an enriching experience for our students.”

John Piper, organiser of the event, was thoroughly impressed with the dedication from everyone involved this year: “The students and staff sacrificed a lot of their time between work and school to make this event a success.  I feel honoured to work with fantastic pupils and staff, who throughout the process were positive, adaptable and determined to make the show a huge success.  Performing at the Lawrence Batley Theatre is an incredible introduction, and wonderful opportunity, for our pupils to experience performing on a professional stage.  All of the acts lived up to the name of the show as Rastrick High, without a doubt, has got talent.” 

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The photos from the show are now available to view and download at dualfocusmedia.zenfolio.com until 16 April 2016.  Many thanks to former student Fiaz Shahpal and his colleague for supporting us again at this show. 

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